I’ve found that each of our issues allows me to connect with this city in a different way. I get fully immersed in the theme, and so over the last two months local buildings have seemed to jump out at me and I see art everywhere I go.
Creating this edition only made me more aware of their always-present influences, though. This issue pays tribute to them by exploring how the city’s art and architecture are deeply woven into the fabric of Cambridge and into the lives of the people who live here.
Art has always been a form of connection for Mark Ostow (p.28), a renowned local photographer and the owner of Cafe Zing in Porter Square Books. And at Harvard and MIT, students are encouraged to engage with art by borrowing pieces from the universities’ art collections to hang in their dorm rooms or apartments (p.16).
It’s not surprising, then, that a city like this is home to “Graffiti Alley,” the only place in the Greater Boston area where artists can graffiti without fear of legal consequences (p.20).
On the architecture side of things, writer Nicholas Golden explains how immigrant churches shaped East Cambridge (p.24), detailing how their built legacy represents the history of a neighborhood.
Our arts scene and our architecture are huge parts of Cambridge’s identity, and we enjoyed taking this deep dive into how they influence the lives of the people who live here. We hope you enjoy it too.
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