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Reparatory Justice: A Look at the Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign

When Harvard University student Jarrett Drake worked on a class project regarding the school’s investments in prisons in the fall of 2017, he didn’t expect it to garner national attention and spark widespread campus action to spur divestment in the following three years. The class had focused on incarceration, ending with a final creative project. […]



Cambridge Dance in ‘Crisis Mode’

This fall, Green Street Studios—a flourishing dance space that served as a hub of creativity in Central Square—closed due to a change in building ownership that caused a massive spike in rent.  The closure reflects a growing trend of prohibitive costs affecting the city’s arts spaces. Cambridge rents have doubled since the early 2000s; Green […]


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 History of The Harvard Square Kiosk

It’s been the head house for the Red Line, and Cambridge’s source of publications from around the world. It’s had its roof taken off and stashed away, and the whole structure picked up and turned to face Massachusetts Avenue. The Harvard Square kiosk is a national historic landmark and (with apologies to its namesake university) […]


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 […]


Resolving to Live Longer

With Dec. 31 drawing near, many well-meaning people will make promises to themselves that will inevitably be unkept over the following 12 months: New Year’s resolutions. It’s a shame, since most of those resolutions revolve around things that should make us better in one way or another: work out, learn new things, support worthy causes. […]


Redefining ‘The Holidays’

At some point, people started referring to the nebulous stretch of time between the end of November and early January as “the holidays.” Dwelling in the spacious interior of that period is a number of celebrations that get top billing in the United States: Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and the king of them all: Christmas. […]


A Matter of Grave Importance: Exploring Cambridge Cemeteries

Modern society tends to fastidiously avoid talking about death in general, but autumn has a special way of bringing about the topic. It’s the season of detritus, as vibrant green leaves fade to shades of red and orange and eventually drop to our feet, where they turn dry and brown and crumble to dust. There’s Halloween […]


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 […]