Articles by Lilly Milman

Sitting Down with Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui

On Jan. 6, Sumbul Siddiqui was inaugurated as Mayor of Cambridge. She is currently serving her second term as city councilor. A native to the city and graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin, she is devoted to using her position to improve the public school system, increase affordable housing, and make herself accessible to the […]



A Snapshot of a Changing City

Boston College photography professor and longtime Cambridge resident Karl Baden is often better known as “the guy who has taken a photo of himself everyday since 1987.” This project, entitled “Every Day,” has earned Baden a sort-of notoriety in the local photography community; every few years, the media coverage of the work returns in waves. […]



The Creation of a New Neighborhood

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman The community of East Cambridge is getting a new neighbor. Cambridge Crossing, a new “transit-oriented” development, is currently in the works at the intersection of Cambridge, Somerville, and Boston in the area formerly known as North Point.  Developing company DivcoWest, based in San Francisco and known for creating tech […]


Scouting Out the Perfect Gift Card

Picture this: You’re standing in a checkout line after a long day of work, Michael Bublé is blasting through the speakers, and you realize that you forgot to pick up a holiday gift for the nephew you’ll be seeing at tomorrow’s Christmas party. Your eyes drift over to a rack of gift cards. Maybe he’d […]


“Revolución Chicha” Comes to Cambridge

Many of the works currently on display in the “Revolución Chicha” exhibit at the Lesley University Lunder Arts Center were brought to the United States in curator Andrew Mroczek’s luggage, rolled up, when he was leaving Peru for the twelfth time in six years.  Mroczek, a Somerville resident, had been visiting different parts of the […]


The Return of ‘Rocky Horror’ to Harvard Square

Boston-based actor Peter Mill stumbled across the 1975 film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” while flipping through the channels on the TV when he was 13, and even then he was instantly drawn to Dr. Frank-N-Furter, the extravagant, gender-fluid mad scientist character whose portrayal immortalized actor Tim Curry. “The first time I saw the character, […]



Step Into the World of the Lilypad Mural

Dan Masi spent six months of 2017 living nocturnally, sleeping during the day and painting all night, while creating the three-panel mural at the Lilypad in Inman Square. “It pretty much turned my entire body clock around, so that I was just used to being up at three in the morning, four in the morning,” […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Aaronson Chew

Dr. Aaronson Chew learned to hold himself to a higher standard of inclusivity when he was an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine. There, he became a resident advisor in a living-learning community known for its commitment to fostering diversity through various programs and extra in-hall classes. Chew has channeled that standard throughout the 10 […]


Five Takeaways from the Mayor’s State of the City Address

Mayor Marc C. McGovern and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale delivered the annual State of the City Address last night at City Hall. In addition to highlighting the progress of the city—including a number of new initiatives to bridge the gap between low- and high-income families, address the needs of students with disabilities, and combat […]