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City Launches Loyalty Program to Support Inman Businesses

The Inman Square Loyalty Program launched on Friday, offering patrons extra incentives to shop at Inman businesses as construction causes disruptions in the heart of the square. Here’s how it works: Pick up a loyalty card at any of the participating businesses. You get a stamp for each purchase you make, and if you get at […]


STEAM Makerspace, Recording Studios to Open at Main Library This Fall

The public library’s upcoming makerspace and STEAM learning area, dubbed “The Hive,” is set to open this fall, according to library staff. The Hive will include laser printers and various other digital fabrication tools, an extended reality lab focused on virtual and augmented reality, and two multimedia recording studios. “It is, first and foremost, a […]


Bluebikes Offers Winter Riding Incentives

Bluebikes—the bike share program owned by the cities of Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, and Brookline—is offering riders incentives to ride throughout the month of February. The biggest “Bluebikes Winter Challenge” giveaway is a free month of membership or a bike helmet to anyone who takes at least 55 trips, but there are plenty of rewards for […]


How Many Harvard Businesses Will Go the Way of Crema Cafe?

Flat Patties Expects to Close or Move This Year Due to Anticipated Rent Increase When beloved Harvard Square coffee shop Crema Cafe closed suddenly late last year, the owners didn’t try to hide why the doors were shuttering. “They are here to make mad cash,” Co-partner Steve “Nookie” Postal wrote in a column for Eater […]


Bagelsaurus Pop-up Vinal Bakery to Open Independent Shop in Somerville

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


School District Proposes Lengthening Elementary, Upper School Days

WHAT: The Cambridge school district has drafted proposed changes that would include lengthening the school day, allowing for more personalized learning, and adding time for teachers to collaborate during the day. The drafted proposal, if adopted, would lengthen the six-hour school day by 45 minutes, with the option of a five-hour day each Wednesday. A […]


City Calls for Art Submissions to Adorn Vacant Storefronts

Got art? Cambridge wants to put it in empty buildings. Part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan, the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest aims to both support artists and improve the aesthetic of unoccupied storefronts. The Community Development Department (CDD) is looking for submissions of any medium that can be reproduced via a digital file. […]


Five Takeaways from the Mayor’s State of the City Address

Mayor Marc C. McGovern and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale delivered the annual State of the City Address last night at City Hall. In addition to highlighting the progress of the city—including a number of new initiatives to bridge the gap between low- and high-income families, address the needs of students with disabilities, and combat […]


Participatory Budgeting Projects Chosen with Record-Breaking Number of Votes

Close to 6,900 residents cast ballots in this year’s participatory budget voting, directing $925,000 to six projects: Trees, Please!; Water Fountains in Every Park; Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters; Smoother Cycling; Clean Up Cambridge; and Rain Gardens for Resiliency. Trees, Please! will plant 100 trees in the city’s heat islands—”spaces that have high […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Doles Out Grants to Over 50 Nonprofits

Fifty-six local nonprofits received grants from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) this fall, injecting the organizations with a total sum of $367,000 to help with “a wide range of social and educational needs,” the foundation said in a statement. In addition, the foundation says it allocated $100,000 to CCF initiatives: to support Central Square as […]


A Deep Dive Into Cambridge Water

Local Water Proves Problematic For Coffee Shops Shortly after Justin Pronovost launched Curio Coffee, he started having severe problems with his equipment. He soon found out that the city’s water was to blame. “We had a very basic water filtration system, and after our first two or three months it completely clogged, and we knew […]


Three ImprovBoston Leaders Resign Following Internal Outcry

Three top leaders at ImprovBoston have resigned following a meeting where members of the nonprofit’s community voiced concerns about tokenization, abuse of power, and handling of reports of sexual misconduct, according to multiple ImprovBoston community members. Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux and Director of the National Touring Company and Director of Sales Deana Criess resigned last […]