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Q&A: Chris Dempsey of No Boston Olympics

Cambridge residents breathed a collective sigh of relief in July, when the US Olympic Committee announced that it would no longer pursue an Olympic bid in Boston. That decision was largely due to the grassroots efforts of passionate local organizers in groups including No Boston Olympics, who canvassed, held meetings and rallied supporters online, encouraging residents throughout the […]


RAISING GENERATION Z: Seeking Balance for the Net Generation

When we first sat down with area parents to talk about the challenges of raising Generation Z, we were thinking about all the factors that might give them anxiety: finding the right school, living in a good neighborhood, giving their children access to the best pediatric care—the kinds of things that influence your decision to live […]


A Tale of Four Food Shops

By Emily Hopkins and Emily Cassel If you don’t pass them every day, you’ve probably learned their names by osmosis. Some are brand new, and others have been around for decades. Either way, they’re undeniably Cambridge: small shops with big passions, dedication to quality products and the community they serve. We took a closer look […]


Food Trucks Pave the Way for Brick-and-Mortar Stores

In December 2008, after three months of testing, the folks behind Clover–now a staple in the food truck community–were packing up their truck for good. They’d collected the data that they’d set out to get, tweaked the recipes based on customer feedback and explored their brand. They were ready to make moves on a brick-and-mortar […]


Our Burgers, Ourselves

Hamburgers remain an essential unit of culture of the United States. Ask a fellow citizen where their favorite place is to get a burger and you will start a conversation which will be enthusiastic, passionate, and ripe with anecdotes (“I’ve always wanted to hit a hamburger with a golf club. You gonna be free this […]


City Voices: La Familia Amador

A teenage girl with a neon green pixie cut opens the lavender door. “Oh, hold on, I’ll go get her,” she says, then follows it up with, “I’m her daughter.” Within seconds I’m greeted by the sound engineer, the family dog and Brian, the father. Then Rosi Amador greets me in the kitchen with a […]


Square Roots: Cambridge’s Culture of Innovation

Sharing progressive politics and reputations as hubs of innovation, Boston and San Francisco are in many ways twin cities. But when it comes to tech advances, an important assist from Cambridge just might tip the scales in winning the sibling rivalry. “I have a unique perspective, in that I’ve now worked in the center of […]


Life Lessons: Cambridge College’s Impact Beyond the Classroom

[This Story Originally Appeared in the November/December 2013 Issue of Scout Cambridge.] She wasn’t even a student yet, but when Stacey Borden-Holliday walked into the admissions office at Cambridge College in Central Square, she already had a stack of papers in her hand. They weren’t tests or essays, but criminal reports, government documents and work […]


One Arrow Project Aims To Treat Vets

By Jen Hirsch The sounds of rain and bells and the smell of incense and moxa float through the air as Athena Desai palpates the wrist of a patient lying on the table in her small Cambridge office on Arrow Street. She pushes and then is still and pushes again, looking for a change in […]



The Story Behind Our January/February Cover Photo

Deemed “The Case of the Mystery Cover Girl,” Scout’s January/February edition featured a photo from the “(Un)Changing Face of Harvard Square” feature story. Unfortunately, the photo description was left out of the final version of the Table of Contents in error. We sincerely apologize for the error and thank our dedicated readers for informing us. […]


Q&A: MC Kabir and The Dub Down

London-born, Cambridge-raised hip hop artist, MC Kabir, describes his music as “a never ending journey of personal observation in song form with rhythm.” His art is inspiring not just from a musical standpoint, but from a literary one as well. Perhaps that’s why his most recent album, “Olympic Gold,” currently ranks No. 4 on the […]