Articles by Emily Cassel

Art Underfoot: More Sidewalk Poems Printed on City Streets

If you’re not watching where you’re walking, you might miss them: poems printed in city sidewalks throughout Cambridge. Each year, the Cambridge Arts Council runs a contest, asking for submissions of poems by Cambridge residents that are then stamped into sidewalks. The Sidewalk Poetry project is part of a collaboration with the Department of Public Works and the Cambridge […]



In 2018 Participatory Budget, More Residents Than Ever Put Their Mouth Where Their Money Is

When budget delegates convene next week to discuss 2018’s Participatory Budgeting proposals, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. This is the fourth PB cycle, which invites the community to decide how a portion of the city’s capital budget is spent. Ideas are organized into seven categories: culture and community facilities, education, environment, parks and […]


A Pair of Porter Square Staples Are Moving Out

Just outside Porter Square, not far from the shopping center and Red Line station that bear its name, there’s a stretch of Mass. Ave. thickly settled with independently owned shops, each with a particular niche: Susanna for women’s clothing, Joie de Vivre for colorful, quirky gifts, Raspberry Beret for vintage finds, Abodeon for stylish housewares, Wardmaps for prints and MBTA-themed […]



Full Moon Celebrates 20 Years of Family-Focused Dining

Ask any parent—eating out with kids can be complicated. So when Sarah Wheaton opened Full Moon in 1997, she did it with a concept that was radical in its simplicity: she’d serve delicious, complete meals in a space that outwardly, intentionally welcomed families with children. Full Moon will turn 20 in just a few months, and while the menu has […]


Frequent Flyers

You’ve seen their work advertising shows around town. Now, meet three local designers who won’t let poster-making become a lost art.



A Look Inside the Lab

Scientists haven’t exactly been quiet about their frustrations with the current presidential administration. There was that global “March for Science” on Earth Day this year, which brought researchers and concerned citizens out to demonstrate in more than 600 cities. And many at MIT have been particularly outspoken; 400 opposed Trump’s cabinet appointments in a November letter, […]


Colorful Cambridge Boutique Shine to Close Next Month

Prospect Street’s going to be a little less bright come July, when the quirky, eclectic gift shop Shine closes its doors. After three years just outside Central Square (106 Prospect St.), the funky boutique, lovingly curated by founder and owner Emma King, is shutting down as its stylish, fearless leader makes a move to the west […]



Can You Guess Which of These Guys is a Manager at Life Alive?

“I love a big boot—that’s just a big kick to the face, you can never go wrong,” chuckles Max Pelham. “Head butts, and even just a good punch—it sounds boring, but if you can throw a good punch it’s everything.” Pelham—AKA Axl Keegan and later Mickey Keegan—knows it’s quite the juxtaposition: a WWE-affiliated wrestler who, for […]