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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 […]



2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here.  Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were given […]


2019 Candidate Survey: City Council

Welcome to Scout Cambridge’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Cambridge city council and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the city council race. All candidates were given […]



Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Is Set to Leave Harvard Square

Yet another shop is set to depart Harvard Square as multiple construction projects, drops in foot traffic, and high rents squeeze independent businesses. Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative has seen less foot traffic over the past couple of years, according to President Beverley Coniglio. That decrease has made the square’s high rent less feasible and upcoming construction […]


City to Expand Composting Program this Fall

The City of Cambridge will begin offering curbside composting for residential buildings with at least 13 units this fall. The move comes after composting rolled out to buildings with 12 or fewer units in April 2018. Cambridge was the first city in the state to have free, citywide curbside composting. The first year of curbside […]