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New Section 8 rent approach unsettles tenants, but Housing Authority approves it in a 4-1 vote

The Cambridge Housing Authority has approved a new way of setting rent levels for more than 4,000 low-income tenants despite objections that as many as 28 percent of them – many elderly and disabled – will face rent increases. The average rent will fall, however, according to CHA estimates.

Chang Shing Tofu remains, a rare manufacturer whose presence might surprise newer neighbors

Though Cambridge was once famed for its factories, the manufacturing and wholesaling base has shrunk over the decades to a handful of businesses surrounded by homes and office buildings, and at times they can feel like the interloper. 


Attend meetings on buying university property, affordable-housing zoning, wine bar and more

Public meetings this week look at changing recently passed Affordable Housing Overlay zoning, buying Lesley University property, campaign finance reform, permitting for an arts and lab building in Kendall Square, the fate of Temple Bar and more.

Arts community plans to quiz council candidates, seeking their support at an online forum Tuesday

The health of Cambridge’s arts and culture is becoming a campaign issue, with leaders at the The Brattle Theatre, Central Square Theater, CCTV, Dance Complex, José Mateo Ballet Theatre holding their own City Council candidate forum Tuesday.

State redistricting would unseat Rep. Livingstone within Cambridge for Connolly, Moran and Ryan

A sweeping, statewide change in political mapping could remove state Rep. Jay Livingstone entirely from Cambridge politics, giving him an all-Boston district while carving up the Cambridge part of his current 8th Suffolk District among state Rep. Mike Connolly and two newcomers.


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Saturday: ‘Food and Mending in Central Square’ guided tour shows how neighbors come together

History Cambridge’s guided tour about “Food and Mending in Central Square,” led by grad students from Boston University’s gastronomy program, will show how the sharing of ethnic cuisines helped raise awareness and understanding of the area’s cultural mosaic.

Is Cambridge construction getting Worcester?

The long arm of the City of Worcester stretches all the way to construction at the O’Connell Library in East Cambridge.


Marc McGovern has been caring for community and should be reelected to council in November

Marc McGovern is a social worker by trade and by heart, along with being a city councillor. During this past year and a half he has been taking care of the most vulnerable people in our community

We need more renters in City Hall

Without real work on our housing issues, Cambridge is at risk of losing its ideals of equity, fairness and inclusion. Burhan Azeem and Joe McGuirk’s have made affordable housing the No. 1 issue on their campaign trails.

Use the American Rescue Plan Act to help farms

Massachusetts legislators are making decisions about how to use American Rescue Plan Act money. We call on them to invest ARPA funds in critical agricultural infrastructure and hope you will too.

Film Ahead

So many festival screens to watch, led by IFFB; and reviews of ‘Escape From Mogadishu,’ more

These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include offerings from the Independent Film Festival Boston, GlobeDocs, The DocYard and Revolutions Per Minute, as well as glimpses at “Escape From Mogadishu,” “Halloween Kills,” “Fever Dream” and “The Velvet Underground.”


The Cantab nears a reopening with band slate that brings Chicken Slacks back to Thursdays

The Cantab Lounge will reopen either the week before or after Thanksgiving, returning the Central Square mainstay to public life after being closed some 20 months. When the Cantab reopens, it will pick up where it left off – with The Chicken Slacks performing every Thursday.

Wild Things

Appreciate our common Eastern bumblebees, because our colonies are fewer and still at risk

Common Eastern bumblebees are still buzzing around our fall asters and goldenrods, serving to warn us of a collapsing ecosystem: Over the past hundred years, the number of bumblebee species in Massachusetts has declined to seven from 11. And three of those seven are in danger.


More wheel good people: Bicyclist help goes on, including an Oct. 24 Halloween party in The Port

A year ago we cast the spotlight on efforts by bicyclists to help those at risk from Covid-19 and to confront racism. Those ills persist, but so does the work by the Bike Delivery Program and the Cambridge Bike Give Back initiative.

What We're Having

Peel-and-eat shrimp at Waypoint

Waypoint, which feels like a cozy yet pleasingly eccentric Spanish tapas joint but specializes in seafood, has clam and smoked whitefish pizzas and mains such as squid ink and Jonah crab pastas – and one of my favorites: Smoked & Salted Peel & Eat Shrimp.

Film Ahead

GlobeDocs studies race in America and Harvard from The Brattle screen; ‘Jacinta,’ ‘Lamb’ arrive

These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include GlobeDocs Film Festival offerings at The Brattle Theatre such as “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” and “Free Renty: Lanier v Harvard,” as well as some horror for October and “Jacinta,” watchable on Hulu.