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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.
Entrepreneurs and the tech industry have a champion in city councillor Leland Cheung, whose Innovate Massachusetts Alliance is going on a small listening tour for priorities to bring to new Gov. Charlie Baker.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology got the go-ahead Thursday to tear down one of its undergraduate dorms, the 104-year-old Bexley Hall, after failing to stop its deterioration.
It’s been seven months since a threat of seizure for the public good was made for the decrepit Vail Court, near Central Square, but nothing has changed – so a city councillor has made the threat again.
City planners have quietly proposed that a 14-acre block be allowed up to 300 feet in height to promote middle-income housing and allow micro-units, more retail and the addition of streets inside.
Kendall Square’s emergence as a destination for diners, moviegoers and shoppers brings tougher parking rules Jan. 12.
Lower-paid service and clerical workers at a unit of Cambridge Health Alliance have won a minimum starting wage of $15 an hour, their union announced Thursday.
Several city councillors were ready to act Monday on a plastic bag ordinance, saying nearly eight years of debate was long enough, but instead the rules will go to “one more” subcommittee hearing in February, after which it may go back to the full council for a final vote.
The city has been looking for seven years and seven months at ways to reduce use of plastic bags, with the latest considered worse than the previous one by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.