Community

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 […]



A Show of Hands

These days, there’s something almost revolutionary about working in a manual trade—in creating a thing, in experiencing the the tactile fruits of physical labor. As our world and work increasingly move online, there are still those working to perfect a craft, who are tied to their toolbox rather than to their inbox. We asked four […]


Scout You: March/April 2016

In every issue, we send our photographer around town to capture photos of people having fun. Keep an eye out for her—you could be featured in an upcoming edition of Scout!


For Cambridge’s Family-Owned Businesses, It’s All Relative

There’s a lot to love about running a family business. You’re working with people you know are reliable, people you can trust to do their job well. You get to spend time together you otherwise wouldn’t, and you can (theoretically) be forthcoming with your ideas and opinions. “No matter how much you bicker—usually—you can keep […]


Girls to the Front End at the Women’s Coding Collective

The tech industry may be on the cutting edge when it comes to discovering all earthly computing possibilities, but from a diversity standpoint, it’s not doing so hot. According to 2010 U.S. Census data, the ratio of computer science degrees earned by women at major universities has dropped to a slim 14 percent, down from 37 […]


With Bag Ban Looming, We’ve Tote-ally Got You Covered

On March 31—almost one year to the day after Cambridge city council voted 8-1 in favor of the Bring Your Own Bag Ordinance—the city’s ban officially goes into effect. No longer will you be able to stash your purchases in a single-use plastic bag; instead, you’ll have to BYO (or pay a minimum of 10 cents for each paper […]


Hidden Gems: Visiting the City’s Less Famous Sites

When you’ve lived in any area for a while, you start to run out of ideas for places to go when siblings, in-laws or old college roommates come to visit. In Greater Boston, there are the old reliables: the Science Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Harvard Art Museums. But dig a little deeper, […]


Making the Past Present at the Cambridge Historical Society

Tucked away in the 17th-Century Hooper-Lee-Nichols House, about halfway between Harvard Square and Fresh Pond Parkway, the Cambridge Historical Society doesn’t see much foot traffic. And that’s just fine with recently hired Executive Director Marieke Van Damme. “We’ve realized that being a museum is not what’s going to bring people to this site,” Van Damme […]


Finding an Inner Space

Located at 1110 Mass. Ave., Inner Space Meditation Center & Gallery is not situated in what one would call a peaceful place. The traffic level is steady outside their glass storefront, and it’s a little hard to believe that anything relaxing can go on in a place that borders the urban essence so closely. But all it takes is a […]


Love On Ice: U.S. Women Go Pro For the First Time

When you’re a kid in small town New England, you’re going to spend a disproportionate amount of your life playing street hockey. Even if your parents aren’t crazy enough to commit to the early morning practices and threat of potential injury that comes with actual hockey, they’re definitely going to put a stick in your hands and send you out to shoot […]


Love, Factually

Valentine’s Day is arguably the most political holiday we celebrate all year. If you’re in a couple, you might be faced with the societal expectations of the day: the card, the gift, the dinner reservations. If you’re uncoupled, you’re all but forced to weigh in on the holiday, like a pundit trying to find new takes on Donald Trump’s […]