Business
Linkage fee study: Don’t scare builders, charge only up to $12 per square foot

Linkage fee study: Don’t scare builders, charge only up to $12 per square foot

A study sees 4.6 million square feet of business space being added in Cambridge over the next 10 years and suggests that its builders contribute $10 to $12 for each square foot to help grow the city’s stock of affordable housing.

Film Festival will keep Arlington identity, even as it joins Cambridge roster of events

Film Festival will keep Arlington identity, even as it joins Cambridge roster of events

While Kendall Square Cinema is inheriting an international film festival in October, the event remains part of Arlington’s town tourism efforts and culture and will keep the town’s name as well as connections there.

News

Business returning to normal after snow, but road clearing has a long way to go

Business returning to normal after snow, but road clearing has a long way to go

The Department of Public Works will be clearing snow well into the weekend, even as Cambridge Public Schools and city offices prepare to reopen Thursday, city officials said in an email Wednesday evening.

Among blizzard-conditions steps by city, council moves its meeting to Thursday (update)

Among blizzard-conditions steps by city, council moves its meeting to Thursday (update)

The city has taken the rare step of delaying a City Council meeting, bumping it to 5:30 p.m. Thursday from the traditional Monday meeting night by a blizzard expected to bring up to 2 feet of snow.

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

After leading a long battle to preserve – and transform – public housing in Cambridge with private financing, Gregory Russ is getting a sizable raise, and will land just below $200,000 in 2017.

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Features

Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 24-25

Five things to do this weekend: Jan. 24-25

The 37th Annual Sci-Fi Marathon; “Weed & Chanel: Confessions from a Marilyn Impersonator”; Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival; Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s Family Concert; and “Geotagging Cambridge: Street Photography in the Digital Age.”

From futuristic outpost in Kendall Square, Akamai gets world’s best view of the Web

From futuristic outpost in Kendall Square, Akamai gets world’s best view of the Web

This glass-walled command center in plain sight looks like the lair of a James Bond villain, but is actually how one company keeps watch over the health of the Internet – and clients’ ability to do business no matter how bad things get.

Opinion

Development skeptics can feel like there’s few trustworthy allies among city leaders

Development skeptics can feel like there’s few trustworthy allies among city leaders

The city is experiencing runaway development and explosive growth that critically endangers its character, diversity and quality of life, but its leaders and planners

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

Pearl Street needs to be redesigned as a livable corridor that includes raised intersections, wider sidewalks, a one-way protected bike lane and safe, welcome bus stops with bumped-out curbs.

Food

Harvard hockey’s Katey Stone rolls in Thursday for an Anna’s charity event

Harvard hockey’s Katey Stone rolls in Thursday for an Anna’s charity event

Anna’s Taqueria brings its charitable celebrity burrito roller events Thursday with Katey Stone, Harvard University women’s ice hockey head coach for the past 20 years.

Fashion

Cambridge makes it to a best-dressed list, which doubles as a farthest-off-base list

Cambridge makes it to a best-dressed list, which doubles as a farthest-off-base list

The survey industry is working overtime this week to prove that surveys are dumb, whether it’s “best food” in the school district or Cambridge being called a “best-dressed suburb.”

Names

Friends of CRLS moves to staff structure, names Elaine Schear executive director

Friends of CRLS moves to staff structure, names Elaine Schear executive director

For FOCRLS to be able to sustain and grow its programs, it became clear a staff structure was needed to leverage volunteer efforts and ensure sustainability, the group’s acting president said.

Film

‘American Sniper’: Clint’s a good shot, but we don’t get man behind the scope

‘American Sniper’: Clint’s a good shot, but we don’t get man behind the scope

Director Clint Eastwood conjures up some hellish gun battles and tense door-to-door incursions, but we know there are things unsaid for him and questionable hero Chris Kyle.