Meet Michael Devney—A Central Square Resident With an Unusual Hobby

People of a certain age might remember a TV show called The Millionaire, in which the mysterious John Beresford Tipton would send out his aide Michael Anthony to give a million dollars—no strings attached—to a random person. One of the the show’s regular viewers was Michael Devney, who watched it as a child and eventually […]

Greater Boston’s Cycling Advocates Launch Joe Lavins Fund for Bicycle Safety

In response to the tragic October death of cyclist Joe Lavins, who was killed after being struck by a tractor trailer as he biked through Porter Square, bike safety advocates have launched the Joe Lavins Fund for Bicycle Safety. Ken Carlson of the Somerville Bicycle Committee says that advocates have been working to create the fund since they heard about the […]

Talkin’ about Walkin’ with “The Brick Lady” of Cambridge

There are a lot of things that make Cambridge such a beautiful city—the architecture, the foliage, the views of the Charles. But ask Diane Beck, and she’ll tell you: It also has something to do with the ground you’re walking on. “The brick around the new Harvard Museums is wire-cut brick, laid very closely, and […]

Getting Past Mass. Ave.

Every city has its thoroughfares, places where restaurants are plentiful, nightlife is booming and crowds throng the sidewalks. In Cambridge, we have Mass. Ave., which wends its way from south of Boston through the heart of our city, snaking past MIT and Harvard, cutting through North Cambridge and continuing to Arlington and beyond. But outside […]

Lynch Family Skatepark Builds a Community On Wheels

The Lynch Family Skatepark doesn’t just provide the area’s skaters with 40,000 square feet of bowls, ramps and railings. Skateboarder Maya Volpacchio, age 18, loves the park’s layout. Its three bowls—essentially, empty swimming pools—of different sizes allow beginning skaters to start small, working their way up. She’s also a fan of the mini street section. […]

Safety First: Can a Complete Streets Policy Protect Cyclists and Pedestrians?

When Cambridge kicked off its second round of participatory budgeting last year, giving citizens the opportunity to vote on how $600,000 in public funds were allocated, there were lots of flashy potential projects on the ballot: free wifi and solar-powered charging benches in area parks, a block party trailer, interactive technology for the library’s main […]