What’s New: City Beat

Zhao Acupuncture and Herbals ClinicPhoto courtesy of Zhao Acupuncture and Herbals Clinic.

Public pools in the city can’t take the heat

State officials denied the city’s attempt to lengthen the nine-weekend season for the state-owned Francis J. McCrehan Memorial Swimming Pool, which closed for the summer at the end of August, according to Cambridge Day. The City Manager’s Office had been working on the proposed extension since January after feedback from residents and officials. “We offered to pay whatever for additional weeks … we tried,” Assistant City Manager for Human Services Ellen Semeno told the Day. “We went all up and down the chain of command” at the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Mt. Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot makes local buses faster and more reliable

The Mt. Auburn Street Bus Priority Pilot resulted in “improved travel time and service reliability” for over 12,000 bus and shuttle riders daily, the city announced on its website. The pilot, a collaboration between Cambridge and Watertown that started in October 2018, included creating segments of bus-only lanes and adding more green light time to traffic lights on Mt. Auburn Street to ease the flow of traffic.

City Redevelopment Authority saves “Nonprofit Row”

The Cambridge Redevelopment Authority reached a purchase and sale agreement with nonprofit Enroot this June for the “nonprofit row” building near Central Square, according to Cambridge Day. The CRA has plans to work with the current tenants, including Cambridge Camping, the Algebra Project, and Brattle Film Foundation, to maintain the space as a “center for social services.”

‘Housing for all’ package ensures rent control and affordable housing

City Representative Mike Connolly led a multibill “housing for all” package in late June that could reinstate the option of rent control and dedicate $1 billion to affordable housing, according to the Cambridge Chronicle. Some bills would allow cities and towns to opt in to whichever housing-related restrictions or regulations they deemed appropriate to the local needs, while others proposed statewide mandates.

Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Stays in Harvard

The Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative isn’t going anywhere, at least for the time being. Rather than moving to a new location, the co-op is staying in the same Harvard Square storefront for the next two years and has been consolidated to a single floor, according to an announcement from the group. The GoFundMe campaign launched by the Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative earlier this year is still ongoing, as the co-op will need to find a new location after the two years are up.

Inman Square: Zhao Acupuncture & Herbal Clinic 

Zhao Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic opened on Cambridge Street this August, offering acupuncture, Chinese herbals, therapeutic massage, and more, according to owner Xingning Zhao. Zhao’s offerings are
meant to target and treat a wide array of ailments and can be individualized for each customer.

This story appears in the Sept/Oct/Nov print issue of Scout Cambridge, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout Cambridge (and just beyond its borders) or by subscription.

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