Thursday, July 25, 2024

Business + Money

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for July 25-Aug. 1

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for July 25-Aug. 1.

Slow start and increased cost of renovating Putnam School housing has CHA in litigation

The Cambridge Housing Authority and the construction company that redeveloped its historic Putnam School in East Cambridge are in a high-stakes legal battle, with each side saying the other is responsible for more than a year’s delay in finishing the project.

Somerville restaurant space vacant since 2016 gets new promises of development by owner

Development is being dangled again at an empty restaurant space decaying for seven years in Somerville’s little Wilson Square.

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for July 18-25

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for July 18-25.

With Cambridge Matignon sale, schools share: Banneker buys, ISB to keep leasing from church (update)

The Benjamin Banneker Charter School has bought the Cambridge Matignon high school building and fields in North Cambridge, providing a path for growth for the nearby school of around 350 students. Some of the site will stay owned and leased by the church.


Attend Cambridge meetings for July 25-Aug. 1 about Matignon land and Harvard cookie shop

Public meetings this week look at Matignon school land in North Cambridge being divided and a Chip City cookie shop seeking to open in Harvard Square.

Attend Somerville meetings for July 25-Aug. 1 about homeless shelter beds, new pocket park

Public meetings this week look at debate over adding beds at a homeless shelter; the new Leonard Grimes Park and upgrades at the waterfront Blessing of the Bay Park; and another step toward a Magoun Square pot shop.

Return of Central Square World’s Fair leads ideas redirecting energies from a shut-down Starlight

\With the open-air Starlight Square entertainment complex dismantled after four years and removed from a city-owned parking lot, leaders in Central Square are refocusing on a series of big initiatives and new places for play and the arts.

As the temperatures climbed, asphalt patchwork melted on roads in Cambridge’s Neighborhood 9

Tires and shoes have been damaged by melted asphalt patchwork on roads throughout Cambridge’s Neighborhood 9. Residents may be able to get help.

Somerville man dies Monday from gunshots

A Somerville resident is dead in the city’s first homicide since 2022, shot multiple times Monday night in the city’s Winter Hill neighborhood.

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Help History Cambridge pick its neighborhood to explore in 2025

We have much more to explore in North Cambridge in the coming months, but it is also time to look ahead to a 2025 neighborhood – and for that we need your help.


In studying business gentrification, of course size matters

What makes a business “small” or “independent,” and how much can we generalize about the value of each type of business to the local community?

Sharing the road like our lives depend on it

Bicycles and cars can coexist on the streets of Cambridge and Somerville with a bit of consideration. 

Somernova redevelopment brings many tangible benefits to Somerville

This project offers numerous benefits that align with the greater good of our community. It supports economic growth, addresses housing needs, creates jobs and provides valuable civic spaces.


Eighty bands of Nice, A Fest will take over Davis, while we get Sanborn again over in Union Square

Local bands, start your engines. Nice, A Fest gets the green light, kicking off Thursday. But any weekend in Union Square’s Sanborn Court can be a reasonable substitute for the rollicking Bourbon Street we lack.

Events ahead

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville from Nice and Jazz fests to an Olympics watch

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, Nice, A Fest continues and the Cambridge Jazz Festival arrives, Black Flag brings its “First Four Years” tour and you can hear a nine-saxophone band and watch the Paris Olympics opening ceremony.

Film Ahead

We melt with ‘Streetcar,’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ and brave the outdoors for ‘Warlords of the Deep’

These looks at what’s on screen in the coming week include cruel summer treats such as “A Streetcar Named Desire,” free cheese in the form of “Warlords of the Deep,” John Carpenter’s cynically on-target “They Live” and a beguiling Sofia Coppola retrospective.

Film Clips

Reviewed: ‘Faye,’ ‘Land of Bad,’ ‘Skywalkers: A Love Story’ and ‘A Family Affair’ streaming

Streaming now are the documentaries “Faye,” about Faye Dunaway and “Skywalkers: A Love Story” about daredevil rooftoppers, the adventure flick “Land of Bad” and silly romantic comedy “A Family Affair.”


Amba spinach and feta boreka

How many times can a pastry filled with spinach and feta thrill? The new Amba in East Cambridge manages to do it with its seeded boreka.

Food + Drink

Darling due in Central after $1.1M in renovations for Mary Chung; Food hall’s C-Side bar worries

The empty Mary Chung restaurant in Central Square will be filled in the fall, and a giant bar space is coming to the new CambridgeSide food court.