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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.

Cheung launches an agenda-setting tour today for Innovate Massachusetts group

Cheung launches an agenda-setting tour today for Innovate Massachusetts group

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.

MIT gets go-ahead to demolish neglected Bexley dormitory after preservation fails

MIT gets go-ahead to demolish neglected Bexley dormitory after preservation fails

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.

Derelict Vail Court continues to frustrate, ownership at stake in sluggish court case

Derelict Vail Court continues to frustrate, ownership at stake in sluggish court case

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.

Volpe redevelopment in heart of Kendall gets proposed zoning from city planners (update)

Volpe redevelopment in heart of Kendall gets proposed zoning from city planners (update)

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.

New year, new parking rules for Kendall: Meters are extended two hours, to 8 p.m.

New year, new parking rules for Kendall: Meters are extended two hours, to 8 p.m.

Kendall Square’s emergence as a destination for diners, moviegoers and shoppers brings tougher parking rules Jan. 12.

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

Whidden minimum wage boosted to $15 in Cambridge Health Alliance contract

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.

Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

Despite readiness to pass plastic bag bill, ‘amendments’ will get February hearing

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.

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

Councillor aims to vote on plastic bag ban, ending 8-year process and blocking restart

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.

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