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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 […]


Sitting Down with Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui

On Jan. 6, Sumbul Siddiqui was inaugurated as Mayor of Cambridge. She is currently serving her second term as city councilor. A native to the city and graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin, she is devoted to using her position to improve the public school system, increase affordable housing, and make herself accessible to the […]


What’s Cooking in Cambridge?

If you asked Mohammad Abo-Sharkh what sets his food truck apart from the rest, he’d say it’s the koshari. The Egyptian dish, also known as “kushari,” usually consists of rice, lentils, chickpeas, crispy onions, and macaroni served with a tangy tomato sauce. Zaaki Food Truck offers a unique spin on it, removing the macaroni to […]


What’s New: City Beat

Cambridge City Council allocates $30 million for Foundry BuildingCity councilors voted at the end of October to devote $30 million to redevelop the Foundry Building in East Cambridge, according to The Cambridge Chronicle. The new community center is planned to act as a destination for “science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities” while also […]


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 […]