Something Ventured: Central Square Florist

Family-owned Central Square Florist has been a cornerstone to the square for decades, catering to the local community since 1929. But the voice of the small, colorful shop has evolved in recent years as ownership has been passed down to a member of the family’s youngest generation, Jackie Levine. Central Square Florist, which Levine’s grandfather’s […]



For LivableStreets, Transportation is a Social Justice Issue

“Streets are for people, and for all people, whether they’re walking or biking, [or] taking public transit,” says Louisa Gag, sitting across from me at a large wood conference table in an office that houses a total of five desks, two bikes, and one bathroom. It’s hard to imagine that so many projects across Cambridge […]


Artificial Intelligence Meets Agriculture at Root AI

Let us introduce you to Virgo. Think of it as a farmer’s assistant—one that can tell when tomatoes are ripe and nimbly pluck them. Created by Somerville-founded start-up Root AI, the robot uses artificial intelligence to navigate the complex tasks of indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor farming. And picking tomatoes is just the beginning, according to […]


What’s New: Getting Creative

Harvard Square Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Narrowly Stays in Harvard Multiple construction projects in Harvard Square—along with a decrease in foot traffic and ever-rising rents—almost sent the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative searching for new digs. “We just feel like we need to be in a new space so that we can get the customers back and not […]


What’s New: City Beat & Community Wellness

City Beat City Asks for Participatory Budgeting Ideas It’s time to speak up if you have big dreams of sprucing up the city. Cambridge has allotted $1,000,000 to spend on “capital projects to improve the community” in the sixth annual Participatory Budgeting cycle and is asking residents to propose project ideas, according to a press […]



Tips for Biking in the City

The Community Development Department hosts a slew of bicycle workshops throughout the year, from Rules of the Road to Bicycle Maintenance Basics to Riding with Families. Workshops are free to attend and include free helmets. The Urban Cycling Basics workshop focuses on getting people road-ready for the special set of challenges biking in a hectic […]


Meet the Family Behind Health Yoga Life

“We were raised by a woman totally ahead of her time,” says Vyda Bielkus, one of the founders of Health Yoga Life (HYL). Her mother, Ryma Bielkus, relied on meditation to help balance raising four daughters and running her own business. While meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are popular today, back in the ’80s they were […]



What’s New: Comings & Goings

East CambridgePuritan & Co. Chef/Owner to Open New Eatery in 2020 Will Gilson, the chef and owner of Puritan & Co., has big plans for an all-in-one cafe, restaurant, and cocktail bar, according to a press release. An anticipated retail building in Cambridge Crossing known as The Shed, which is currently under construction, will house […]


Salt & Olive’s New Mural Celebrates Cambridge’s Diversity

When you walk into Salt & Olive, an expansive new mural greets you. A woman on the left of the painting seems to be passing you a plate; another, on the right, appears ready to clink her wine glass against yours. Salt & Olive owner Mary Taylor commissioned the artwork, titled “A tavola non si […]