Business + Money

Porter Square Shopping Center has been sold off by Gravestar, one of nine sites in a $390M deal

The Porter Square Shopping Center, owned by Gravestar since its formation in 1994, has been packaged with eight other properties and sold to TA Realty of Boston in a $390 million deal. TA Realty’s partner was Wilder, also of Boston, which operates retail properties from Maine to Florida and Illinois.

Affordable developer made space for bike storage by misleading board, tearing down its own trees

The developer of an affordable-housing project in The Port neighborhood cut down a flourishing stand of trees to make room for bike storage lockers for tenants after assuring zoning regulators that the space with the trees contained no more than “overgrown ivy.” There’s no evidence the bike storage is needed.


Attend meetings on buses, hiring diversity, improvements for Danehy Park and more

Public meetings this week look at hiring a next city clerk, auditor and city manager; improvements to buses and Danehy Park, and hiring diversity; adding bike lanes on Garden Street; remembering Robert’s Rules of Order; transportation zoning and housing atop the Crimson Galeria; and the state of mental health services in Cambridge.

Four candidates for city manager are identified, including an internal option: CDD head Farooq

The list of four finalists to become city manager was released Thursday, and it includes one internal candidate: Iram Farooq, assistant city manager for the Community Development Department since 2015. The other candidates are the town manager of Hopkinton; the city solicitor in Chelsea; and an executive director at Boston Medical Center.

Assessment of city’s tree canopy loss is delayed; 2018 report showed shocking coverage decline

The most recent flyover was done in the fall, and it usually takes only a couple of months to get a back an analysis. This week it was learned that there’s a June estimate for a report.

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‘Changing Tides in Cambridge Industry’ talk looks tonight at labor and immigration waves

History Cambridge explores the ties between immigration and industry in a History Café, “Changing Tides in Cambridge Industry,” taking place at 7 tonight. We will be joined by Andrew Robichaud, professor of history at Boston University, to discuss the various migrant groups who played crucial roles in the development of the city’s industrial sector.

Joyce Chen started with a 250-seat restaurant, went to 350 and only grew her empire from there

Joyce Chen was Boston’s first real celebrity restaurateur and holds indisputable importance in U.S. culinary history. In the same era Julia Child was changing America’s palates through French cooking, Chen was doing just that with regional Chinese, introducing dishes such as Peking duck, hot and sour soup and moo shu pork.


City’s Law Department deserves more oversight when it comes to public records law compliance

With all due respect, a City Council query into the Law Department and its reported surge in requests for public records didn’t go far enough to root out the problem.

Retired educator seeks support for colleagues from School Committee contract negotiators

Teachers need and deserve to be treated as professionals. Work with the Cambridge Education Association to give them a contract that honors that professionalism.

We can save our communities via our savings

Economic choices leave traces. Consumers are becoming increasingly thoughtful about how we spend our dollars – but what about how we save them?

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from Inman Eats & Crafts to the Campfire. Fest

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events led off by the Inman Eats & Crafts festival, authors Ben McGrath, Robert Kuttner and Elif Batuman come to town, there’s a Moth Story Slam and plenty of music and dance, including an MIT-sponsored International Festival and four days of Campfire. Festival at Club Passim.

Film Ahead

Watch some AANHPI Heritage Month selections, rewatch ‘Wild Bunch’ in 70 mm and ‘Emergency’

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include selections for Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month and The Brattle’s “Reunion Week” as well as the Somerville Theater returning Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” to its full size, more “Hard Boiled Double Feature” and the dark new Amazon romp “Emergency.”

Wild Things

Tree swallows are fighters but also vulnerable, victims of the cold and many natural predators

Only about 20 percent of tree swallows survive the first year, but even for birds older than one year, the mortality rate is still high – about 50 percent per year. The trees swallow is native to Massachusetts yet cold weather causes it the most deaths, whether from a sudden spring snowstorm or a simple chill that leads to starvation from lack of insects to eat.


Winning artists kept their attention on animals for Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge entries

The third year of the Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge had 28 winners and honorable mentions named by the sponsors Green Cambridge and Cambridge Local First. 


‘Men’: Escaping trauma and engendering horror

“Men” is an all-consuming cinematic experience at the intersection of paganism and Christianity, religious sexual repression and gender oppression. If his film doesn’t say much that’s new about men and women, director Alex Garland still pushes the boundaries in finding ways to say it.


Well known to audiences at local clubs, events, Amador is winner of 2022’s Tiny Desk Contest

Cambridge singer-songwriter Alisa Amador is the winner of the year’s Tiny Desk Contest, NPR Music announced this week. She is expected to headline an “On The Road” tour of contest participants.