Business + Money

Talk of raising ‘linkage’ fees suggests unanimity that big developers can pay more toward housing

Past debates over setting “linkage” fees for commercial development have divided the City Council into factions who want to push the limits and those who fear scaring off the builders who pay those fees. These was no hint of division as councillors talked about a 66 percent increase.

Monestime stepping down as executive director of Central Square Business Improvement District

Michael Monestime, who led Central Square into forming a business improvement district, faced down the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic and created the Starlight Square complex, is leaving as executive director, but will join its board of directors starting Jan. 1.


Flyer from Housing Coalition is misinformation about three bills to support tenants, state rep says

A mailing from the Massachusetts Housing Coalition warning of tax increases from tenant protection laws is misleading, Cambridge and Somerville state Rep. Mike Connolly said.

East Cambridge’s Toomey Park opens to public with fields, sledding hill, dog run and play areas

Though a dedication ceremony isn’t until Oct. 2, city staff said the 2-acre Timothy J. Toomey Jr. Park is open as of Monday on Rogers Street between Second and Third streets in East Cambridge.

Attend meetings as sweet as a new Ben & Jerry’s and as serious as hiking real estate ‘linkage’ fees

Public meetings this week look at a big leap proposed for real estate fees that build affordable housing, “green new deal” zoning for Cambridge, a condominium conversion law and bubble tea and a relocated Ben & Jerry’s for Porter Square.


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Sara Chapman Bull, intrepid lady of Brattle Street, introduced stars, swamis and seminars to town

At age 20, Sara Chapman was married in a semi-secret ceremony in Norway to 60-year-old renowned concert violinist Ole Bull. Things only got more interesting from there.

Self-guided tour: The history of candy making

With the high-tech firms and pharmaceutical companies that now dominate the landscape in Kendall Square and other parts of Cambridge, it’s hard to image that 50 years ago candy was king here.


Fix the traffic circle at New Street and Concord before a bicyclist or pedestrian is seriously hurt

After my bike commute this morning I was left wondering if I needed to die before the city does something about the traffic circle at New Street and Concord Avenue in front of Sozio Appliances.

Now’s the moment for universal prekindergarten

Early education is a wonderful thing, and it’s time that Cambridge provides this for every child and the parents – and women in particular – who have made the difficult decision to step back from their careers to care for their children during the pandemic.

Covid and the colder months can drag you down. Here are some free, simple ways to stay healthy.

The mental and physical tolls of Covid have been well documented and. As days get shorter, the weather colder and the delta variant curbs our activities and social lives, taking steps to support our health and wellness becomes essential.

Architecture + Design

Tobin and Vassal public art decision nears end, though one of the proposals will need 100 years

Four finalist art proposals are in for the remaking the Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools in West Cambridge. The winner of the $650,000 commission won’t be announced until November, but the first step to a decision is homework: learning about each project.

What We're Having

Chicken and egg choices at Loyal Nine

Loyal Nine is an intimate and cozy place to have dinner but also a nifty place to have lunch or brunch. I dig its smooth and creamy nitro cold-brewed coffee, but one of the more recent reasons I’ve been popping in is the simple things it does with chicken and eggs.

Food + Drink

Bar Enza, a ‘neo-trattoria,’ to open this month under Ladner, cooking anew in Harvard Square

Bar Enza is expected to open before October in Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel, serving the Italian brasserie food of Mark Ladner in a space that until April hosted Benedetto (and Rialto for 22 years until June 2016).


The Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading is back; three poets pay homage in free Wednesday event

The Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading returns in person Wednesday, honoring the Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright from Ireland who died in 2013. 

Film Ahead

Brattle brings ‘The Fictions of Werner Herzog’; Reviews of ‘Pauli Murray,’ ‘Tammy Faye,’ more

These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include doings at The Brattle Theatre, including the “Fictions of Werner Herzog” and “African-American Neo-Noir” programs and takes on “My Name Is Pauli Murray,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “The Starling” and much more.

Wild Things

American lady butterfly spots aren’t camouflage, but what they are remains a scintillating mystery

American lady butterflies have two large eyespots on each hindwing. Animals often evolve patterns to help camouflage themselves from predators, but eyespots make butterflies stand out. Why would American ladies want to stand out?