Business + Money

‘Missing middle’ zoning asks up to three stories (but don’t expect classic triple-decker in the mix)

A zoning petition looks to create “missing middle” housing including “up to three stories of multifamily housing such as townhouses and three-deckers,” but that does not mean the city can look forward to seeing more of the classic “triple-deckers” that make up much of the local housing stock.

Library’s long-awaited Hive, delayed by Covid, will show Steam options at virtual open house

Burgeoning scientists, engineers and technology lovers of all ages will finally get a peek Tuesday at The Hive, a development at the Cambridge Public Library centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and math. It was first meant to open in March, some 10 months ago.


Attend meetings on class split in resident survey; safety policies for in-person classes; a new Tatte

Public meetings this week look at details of the latest Cambridge resident survey, safety policies for expanded in-person classes, guidelines for the next education budget, plans for MIT’s College of Computing, new locations for Tatte and Sweetgreen and a financial analysis of Kendall Square changes. 

‘No confidence’ voted for school district officials; Educators want say in hiring next superintendent

A vote among 1,000 educators resulted in 84 percent declaring no confidence in the school district’s elected and appointed leaders, and 93 percent called for a new, “co-created, community-driven and anti-racist process” in selecting the next superintendent.

As coronavirus cases ebb, city matches state rules on allowing later nights for businesses, residents

Cambridge has often adopted tougher Covid-19 precautions than the state, but on Monday the city will go along with Gov. Charlie Baker’s decision to end the 9:30 p.m. closing time for restaurants, retailers and most other businesses and lift an advisory asking residents to stay at home at night.

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Lois Lilley Howe pioneered as female architect, and her homes are still found throughout city

Lois Lilley Howe, born and raised in Cambridge, was a trailblazer – one of the first women to graduate from MIT’s architectural program, the organizer of Boston’s only all-woman architectural firm in the early 20th century and the first woman elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


Smart choice around the next superintendent could heal our growing divisions about school

Crises expose weakness and typically cause division, but can also unify around a common cause. As we think about a new superintendent, do we want a “politician”; a hard-nosed “reformer”; a relationship and trust builder; or a leader unafraid of taking on the status quo?

Parents group grateful for reopened schools, expanding in-person classes during Covid-19

We acknowledge that reopening in-person classes is met with fear and anxiety by some district staff and educators, but it is essential to the mental and physical health of children.

Homophobic slur during meeting of Democrats shows why Goverman, Roosevelt should resign

A resolution about homophobic attacks during the past primary season was defeated Wednesday in a dispiriting process, with participants forced to endure instances of both veiled and overt homophobia mirroring the very criticisms made in the text.

Arts + CultureFilmFilm Ahead

Coronavirus edition, XLVII: Films to shelter with, from MLK to Bruce Lee, and following the border

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with includes the documentary “MLK/FBI,” the Bruce Lee classic “Enter the Dragon,” some thrillers, the wild “Spoor,” coming to The Brattle, and two films that explore the border between violence and compassion.


‘The White Tiger’: Tale of a caste away in India, taking a sudden, dark turn on drive to overcome

A driver to the wealthy initially seems happy in the coddled confines of a New Delhi luxury high-rise, yet there is something darker and deeper lurking at the corners of the drama about haves and have nots, like a stalking tiger biding its time in the underbrush.

Food + DrinkWhat He's Having

Delicious momos to go from Base Crave

The savory momos at Base Crave are something different, a piquant changeup from other dumplings in texture and taste, yet at the same satisfyingly familiar.


The Left Bank of the Charles Review, a quarterly, is free to savor online, but it’s not free of the past

The first issue of The Left Bank of the Charles Review arrived with the new year, promised quarterly by Joseph Levendusky – a traveler, lover of music, left-leaning political critic and sitter in cafés.

Arts + CultureFilmFilm Ahead

Coronavirus edition, XLVI: Films to shelter with, peaking with Brattle gems and ‘Cool Hand Luke’

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with includes some highlights of the art streaming at the “Brattlelite,” the antihero classic “Cool Hand Luke” and a bunch of others, including a Liam Neeson misfire, a pretty weepie and some sci-fi curiosities.


‘Outside the Wire’: If they survive their mission, do androids dream of military pensions?

On-the-job training for a drone pilot thrust into hand-to-hand warfare at times calls to mind the hazing Denzel Washington laid down on Ethan Hawke in “Training Day” – except that the lone wolf special op played by Anthony Mackie isn’t human.