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Claiming Our Seats: A Kitchen Table Dialogue on Women’s Voting Rights

Join us for a thought-provoking roundtable discussion on the upcoming centennial of 19th Amendment. August 2020 will mark the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, when women won the right to vote. During this discussion we will ask: which women? Dr. Jennifer Guglielmo, Reverend Irene Monroe, and Dr. Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson will engage us in 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 Participatory Budgeting Proposals We Love

The project proposal period for the second round of participatory budgeting came to a close on Monday, with ideas that were futuristic (using gym equipment to power an electrical grid), suggestions so nice that they popped up twice (Kendall and Central Square had residents requesting public, real-time transit screens) and submissions that were at least a little tongue in cheek. (“Stop giving out […]


Participatory Budgeting Vote Scheduled for March

In our January/February print edition, we told you about a first-of-its-kind participatory budgeting program in Cambridge that will allow residents to decide how the city spends $500,000 in capital funds. Area citizens submitted their project proposals for the funds back in December, and ideas ranged from artsy (“commission up to $150,000 in public art for Cambridge […]


Solar Soofa Benches are on Their Way

No, we didn’t just misspell “sofa.” Soofas are smart benches created by Changing Environments, a spinoff of the MIT Media Lab. Each Soofa has two USB ports where you can charge your phone or other handheld mobile device, and they share data about the hours of sunlight collected online. Even cooler, Soofas can sense the environment around them and collect […]


Uber Debate Comes to Cambridge

It’s around 12:30 a.m. when my Uber driver James pulls up. I’m the last fare of the night, and since it’s a two-door car, I slide into the front seat. He says he only drives for Uber once a week to supplement his income and is overwhelmingly positive about his experience. “Uber is safer,” he […]