Business + Money

Recreational weed head start gets an added year, with an expanded list of owners who can benefit

No recreational cannabis shops have managed to open in Cambridge since 69 percent of city voters approved recreational marijuana as part of a November 2016 statewide ballot question, but now smaller and minority or women entrepreneurs have more time to sell ahead of big dispensaries.

Boston Properties bumps up residential units; $180M sale near Alewife; HubSpot to relocate

Developer Boston Properties plans to build 465 dwelling units at its 135 Broadway tower in Kendall Square, up from 425, HubSpot has terminated its lease for digs nearby in East Cambridge and there’s much more going on in local real estate and development.


Organizers of a Covid mask bulk-buy campaign find outreach to schools paused for the present

The school district’s focus on a successful launch of the school year with gear to prevent coronavirus transmission already on hand tapped the breaks on a campaign to help Cambridge Public Schools students, families and staff order more high-quality masks.

State’s Armory Committee agrees to look at sale of land touching the Tobin and Vassal campuses

The state Armory Committee voted unanimously Monday to look at transferring a portion of its land in Cambridge to city ownership, which officials called “the first major step in a multistep process.”

Pushback around municipal vaccine mandates continues from city manager; cases keep rising

Cambridge may consider a Covid-19 vaccination-or-testing requirement for city employees, ending its holdout position while a stream of other government authorities have announced the same, but not without debate regarding “mandates” from City Manager Louis A. DePasquale.

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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.

There was a sylvan reservoir stocked for fishers as space went from a bleachery to a playground

A look today at Sacramento Field in the Baldwin neighborhood would show no hint of a pool – let alone of the grape-arbored reservoir for the Middlesex Bleachery, stocked with fish for anglers, that occupied the site some 70 years ago


Charter: After 80 years, a change is needed

Our city, and the world, has transformed since 1940. Our charter needs an update, and residents are urged to vote “yes” on all three questions.

Smoke This Rib Fest changes its format for 2021 with a warning: Restaurant industry is not okay

Folks, you really need to hear this: Things are not good. The restaurant industry is in shambles, severely understaffed and doing a fraction of its typical sales. That’s why the federal government’s Restaurant Relief Fund needs to be refunded – and go to more than 30 percent of eligible businesses.

The Advancing Housing Affordability petition: What this zoning will do, and why it is needed

This petition will change zoning for single- and two-family homes without escalating housing costs or property values or destroying the city’s rich array of sustainable historic housing, adding units while preventing the tearing down of existing stock to build larger, more expensive housing.

What We're Having

Solidarity eating at Grendel’s Den, with a history that could help flip that Texas law on abortions

There’s several good reasons to visit Grendel’s Den, a Harvard Square institution celebrating its 50th year. One is that the boho eatery won a Supreme Court case in 1982 that could become the precedent to flip the recent Texas abortion ban.


Live Cambridge Carnival returns after two years

Cambridge Carnival, the annual celebration of Caribbean culture, returned Sunday with a smaller, in-person version of the festival after live events were canceled the previous two years.

Food + Drink

Another bubble tea shop prepares space in Porter, planning to open steps from possible competitor

Porter Square is looking suddenly like a bubble tea hot spot. After years with the only options being inside Lesley University’s building or as part of a sit-down meal, a former kids art studio has been cleared out to make room for what could be the area’s third storefront boba tea seller.

Film Ahead

The DocYard and Somerville are back in person; See ‘Candyman,’ ‘Malignant’ and ‘Small Engine’

These reviews of what’s in theaters and streaming include doings at The Brattle Theatre (including the return of The DocYard film series) and Somerville Theatre, as well as reviews of new films “Malignant,” “Small Engine Repair” and a new take on the “Candyman” horror films.

Wild Things

Though great black digger wasps look fearsome, they’d rather hunt for insects than sting humans

This wasp paralyzes its prey and feeds it to her offspring. But don’t worry. Its sting will not immobilize you.


‘The Card Counter’: Poker player has a history, and maybe an appointment to settle old scores

The latest look at men at war with themselves and the rest of the world from Paul Schrader features Oscar Isaac as a poker player who learned his trade during a 10-year stretch in prison – and now finds the stakes of his freedom getting higher.