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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.