Fees for small businesses reduced during the coronavirus crisis will continue through 2021, and officials plan additional fee waivers and to further streamline permitting processes.
Plenty has been going on in development this spring, including an environmentally focused building planned for North Point’s Parcel U, a slew of MIT moves and more on BioMed Realty’s push into Somerville.
The immediate issue facing the City Council concerns creating a new first response to some calls for help that go to the 911 dispatch system. We hope the city will move forward to do so. But the first response is just that. We must build up the resources and systems available after that first response.
Could the staff of Cambridge’s public libraries have been doing more in recent months? Should the main library have opened earlier? During a global pandemic, the city chose safety first.
Anticipating the Emancipation Day celebration, consider an odd turn of history in “Free State of Jones.” Things get even more real with a documentary about the moving image, police body cams and image as evidence and a postal pondering, and there are some blood-pumping genre pieces to see too.
Post-pandemic, the Taste of Cambridge and Taste of Somerville events have been rethought for the year, creating a “Dining Passport” program running July 1 to Aug. 15, with proceeds going to restaurant workers and nonprofit organizations.
Before there was “Hamilton,” the hottest ticket on Broadway, there was this Lin Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes musical about a hot summer in Washington Heights, where music and dreams drive the pulse of a multifaceted Latinx community.
Cicada Coffee Bar and its backyard garden oasis have the same cozy sense of community and comfort as classic Cambridge institutions, and a menu of fresh and light yet satiating Vietnamese food and drink.
Bond pleased to shutter Bondir for a larger space if Judy’s Bay gets to move in with unique izakaya (corrected)
The coziness of Bondir has always been a selling point, but the size has also been a longtime constraint on founder and namesake Jason Bond. Now Bond is looking forward to finding a bigger space by making room for Judy’s Bay, which specializes in Asian American barbecue.
With most area cinemas open, here’s news about Apple Cinemas and the Somerville Theatre, as well as what to watch during this Pride Month and a look at two new flicks: The somewhat true “Edge of the World” and a “Conjuring” horror sequel with a love story you may not believe.