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Passim Launches Virtual Music Festival and Artist Relief Fund

If you’re a music lover in the Cambridge area, then you’re probably familiar with the nonprofit Passim in some capacity—whether it’s their live shows at Club Passim, their music school, or their local festivals. But now they’re trying something completely new: the virtual Keep Your Distance Festival, featuring artists like Mark Erelli and Stephen Kellogg, […]


Revolutionary Clinics Donates Portion of Proceeds to Relief Fund

Revolutionary Clinics, a leading provider of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, is donating 2 percent of all sales through April 20 to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The dispensary recently celebrated the grand opening of its Central Square location on Feb. 24.  The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is still accepting donations both online and in […]


Scout Needs Your Help To Survive, Now More Than Ever

We’re sure no one is surprised to hear that our small, independently owned local media outlet was barely making ends meet before this week. But with all of our revenue—which comes almost entirely from small business advertising partners—being cut off, the situation for Scout Magazines has become dire. Our mission has always been supporting the […]


1369 Coffeehouse Owner Makes Difficult Choice to Lay Off Staff

You can hear in his voice just how much the COVID-19 pandemic is wearing on 1369 Coffeehouse owner Josh Gerber. “It’s been a week, for sure,” says Gerber, who was driving around delivering growlers and bulk coffee orders on a wet Thursday afternoon. “It’s been difficult. One of the things that has been hardest about […]



How To Promote Local Business From Your Couch

With the current pandemic, many are left worried about what their future holds. More specifically, local businesses are taking a big hit from social distancing—a policy of avoiding gatherings as a way of containing the spread of the virus. To promote social distancing, Gov. Charlie Baker has ordered that all restaurants and bars will be […]


Central Square BID Releases District Impact Study

The Central Square Business Improvement District (BID) has released a District Impact Study, reporting on the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses, using a survey to which 51 out of 100 business representatives in the Central Square BID responded.  The 70-page report catalogues reactions from business owners to the novel coronavirus, and lists their respective […]


Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

On March 19, the Public Health Department announced that eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the coronavirus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a […]


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 […]


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 […]


Cambridge Honors Indigenous Heritage Month with Arts and Activism

What brings together hip-hop, painted doors, film screenings, and fry bread? Cambridge’s celebration of Indigenous People’s Day. The city encouraged residents to come out to honor indigenous histories in a month-long celebration of Indigenous People’s Day, beginning Oct. 14. Since 2016, the second Monday in October has been celebrated not as Columbus Day, but as […]