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Grassroots Organization Pushes for Municipal Broadband

A group of residents banded together under the name Upgrade Cambridge are lobbying the city to create a municipal broadband network. Co-founder Saul Tannenbaum has devoted his time to issues at the crossover of technology and politics since retiring from his IT job eight years ago. He served on the city’s Broadband Task Force from […]


Hubway to Expand as Blue Bikes

Hubway is entering into a six-year partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that will involve adding 1,200 new bikes and rechristening the bicycles as Blue Bikes. The bike share program, owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline, will see over 100 new stations thanks to the partnership, according to a press release. […]


Citywide Composting Comes to Cambridge

Curbside composting will launch citywide on April 2 as Cambridge strives to meet its goals of reducing trash by 30 percent between 2008 and 2020. The city has run a pilot curbside composting program along the Monday trash route since late 2015 that serves 5,200 households in North Cambridge, an expansion from a 600-household trial […]


What You Need to Know About the Vision Zero Action Plan

The city released a detailed plan earlier this month for how it will eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, after pledging to adopt Vision Zero in 2016. Vision Zero got its start in Sweden in the late 20th century, according to the City of Cambridge website, and has since disseminated throughout the world. Cities come […]


CRLS Black Student Union Takes to the Press

Members of the Black Student Union, which was resurrected at Cambridge Rindge and Latin this school year, will launch a news publication focusing on the lived experiences of students of color this February. Students were inspired to start The Volume by Frederick Douglass’s anti-slavery publication, The North Star, and by the Black Panther Party’s newspaper. […]


City Opens Winter Warming Center

Cambridge opened a warming center on Tuesday that will provide an alternative to shelters for the city’s homeless population during the coldest months of the year. The city found that despite the many local human services organizations, people were falling through the cracks, according to Shelly Chevalier, planning and development manager for the department of […]


EF Education First Brings Public-Private Partnership to the ‘Lost Half-Mile’

EF Education First took another step in revitalizing what was once known as the “lost half-mile of the Charles River” this fall when it broke ground on a 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building with dedicated public space and amenities in Cambridge’s North Point neighborhood. Cambridge is home to the North American headquarters of EF, a 52-year-old, family-owned […]


Cambridge to Enter Regional Housing Partnership

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are teaming up to tackle Greater Boston’s housing crisis. The two mayors will work with representatives from 14 cities and towns in the region, including Cambridge, to meet booming housing needs as people flock to Boston and its surrounding areas. “Our entire region is facing and […]


Participatory Budget Finalists Announced

Cambridge is gearing up to select its Participatory Budget projects for FY19, and this time the city has $800,000 to play with. Officials narrowed a record-breaking 608 ideas down to 20 that community members can vote on from Dec. 2-8. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects—typically related to infrastructure—that community members select to improve […]


Are Publicly Funded Elections Viable in Cambridge?

City Councilor Nadeem Mazen can still remember representatives of special interest groups approaching him on the street to offer him funding during his 2013 campaign. “I would have folks who passed me on the street and say, ‘Nadeem it’s election season, I’ve got to give you that max contribution,’” Mazen says. When he declined, Mazen […]


Furnishing Hope Finds a New Home

Furnishing Hope, a nonprofit that works with recently housed families to make sure they have the essential furniture for their homes, is moving into Harvard Square this month. Furnishing Hope works with several agencies in Greater Boston to identify people who are transitioning out of homelessness or situations involving domestic violence. When people are in […]