Thursday, May 23, 2024

Business + Money

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for May 23-30

Cambridge public notices for the Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission and Cambridge Historical Commission.

Biggest Cambridge projects could skip slowdown and some are optimistic labs will keep on coming

Lab space across the region sees rising vacancy rates, but Cambridge’s continuing construction is a bet that the city will come out on top.

We looked at the cost of a night’s hotel stay around commencement, finding a big gap

For graduates, commencement is an exciting moment marking the culmination of years of hard work and personal growth. For families, it’s a very big hotel bill.

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for May 16-23

Cambridge public notices for the Board of Zoning Appeal, and Ordinance Committee of the City Council.

CanalSide food hall gets an October opening date, updating CambridgeSide mall food court concept

The food hall at CambridgeSide, which will fill the space the once held by a mall food court, will include eateries spanning boba tea and pasta and a bar.

News

Attend meetings in Cambridge from May 23-30 about senior home, consulate and Memorial Day

Public meetings this week look at building an Italian consulate in Kendall Square, diversifying City Hall business, cameras and other safety surveillance, Central Square rezoning and three Memorial Day events.

Attend meetings in Somerville from May 23-30 about Post Office troubles and testing on animals

Public meetings this week look at Memorial Day events, Post Office troubles, policies on animal testing, school risk assessments and water and sewer rate hikes.

Somerville Armory planning feels like ‘deja vu’ among a confused and angered arts community

A fourth and final meeting to gather feedback about the future of Somerville’s Armory arts building ended in confusion and anger over the vague options the city was presenting, and how those options were selected in the first place.

Programs for kids weren’t told of mold problem because testing showed the issue was ‘localized’

Three programs for young people ranging in age from toddlers to teenagers operate in one part of the basement of a Windsor Street building where mold and other hazards forced out city health department workers.

Fire headquarters upgrades now will cost $77M, and not all of Cambridge’s councillors are happy

The expense of modernizing Cambridge’s Fire Station Headquarters Building is up from $25 million secured in 2019 and another increase in 2022.

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Features

Marking 20 years of marriage equality in Cambridge

City Hall opened at 12:01 a.m. May 17, 2004, to began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Marcia Hams and Susan Shepherd were the first to apply for and get a license, later exchanging vows in the first U.S. legalized same-sex marriage.

Opinion

Twenty years of marriage equality

Marriage equality celebrations throughout Massachusetts have been joyous and worrisome: The joy of 20 years is an important milestone, but many wonder if same-sex marriage will still exist 20 years from now. 

Look at crash data where bike lanes went in before installing more with the same design

It’s time to take the data-driven approach and find out if Cambidge quick-build bike lane designs creates safety hazards as it eliminates others.

Another 70 trees killed in Cambridge, and for what?

The MBTA needs to commit to Cambridge’s Urban Forest Master Plan, which says “our first priority must be to remove fewer trees unnecessarily and to extend the lives of our trees through improved management practices.”

Attend

We don’t have the mass of the Montreal Jazz Fest, but it’s time for our Boston Calling and Campfire.

Can you imagine our fair city hosting anything remotely as ambitious as the Montreal Jazz Fest? Even the weekend’s overlap of the folkie Campfire. Festival at Club Passim and rocking Boston Calling don’t equal all that.

Events ahead

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Lemony Snicket, Campfire and ‘Catholic Guilt’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, the Campfire. Festival is back at Club Passim and the music of the ’20s and ’30s is at The Burren, Lemony Snicket reads, Kelly McCaughan presents “Catholic Guilt” and we learn “How to Lose an Empire” at Somerville’s powder house.

Film Ahead

The ‘Kind Hearts’ that came before ‘Saltburn,’ greats of J-horror and John Waters’ ‘Trouble’

These looks at what’s on screen in the coming week include classics of various sorts: “Kind Hearts and Coronets,” which paved the way for “Saltburn”; the J-horror of “Ringu” and “Audition”; the original “Taking of Pelham One Two Three” with bedraggled hero Walter Matthau; and uproarious “Female Trouble” by John Waters.

Food + Drink

How many smoots does it take to fill a Darwin’s? Just one, as Smoot Standard cafe preps move-in

The last of four sites that made up the old Darwin’s Ltd. coffeeshop chain is set to be filled, and with a name that’s familiar to the MIT community, or to anyone who’s walked across the Harvard Bridge since 1958: Smoot.

Snack

Playa Bowls Aloha smoothie

This smoothie at Playa Bowls in Cambridge’s Harvard Square was disappointingly more of a thick juice, but the flavor was outstanding.

Read

‘Big Books, Tiny Tomes’ at Houghton Library digs up unlikely pairs with surprising parallels

An exhibit up through Aug. 9 has books nearly 2 feet tall alongside books with fiction, Bibles and poetry on pages not much bigger than stamps.