Business + Money

Lack of affordability in ‘missing middle’ zoning cited as Planning Board members go 5-3 against

The “missing middle” zoning intended to bring more multifamily housing to the city got a negative recommendation Tuesday from the Planning Board. Members voted 5-3, delivering a blow to the proposal, though it will continue on with a City Council committee hearing at a date yet to be set. 

Eversource mags given to kids violated policies; Utility says it’ll add climate change information

Pro-natural gas promotions targeting kids but making no mention of climate change were distributed to students by mistake, without going through the school district for approval, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui said Monday.

News

Outside legal advice for council would be added onto Law Department budget, with more staff

Questions remain after a Tuesday budget hearing around city councillors getting legal advice outside the city’s Law Department, which also serves the city manager and has been slow and off-topic in several responses over the past several years.

‘Heartbreaking’ news of a student’s passing shared by district, second at CRLS within 2021

News of high school senior Jenna Santos’ death was shared Wednesday with the Cambridge Public Schools community.

Reward to catch cat killer rises to nearly $8,000 with help of crowdfunding set up by a neighbor

The reward for helping identify the person who tortured and killed a cat last week in East Cambridge has reached nearly $8,000 as of Wednesday night, including crowdfunding contributions meant to add to money offered by animal control and law enforcement officials.

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Features

Fayerweather Street School students in the ’80s mapped their neighborhood address by address

A Fayerweather Street School class in the 1980s spent five months studying a stretch of Huron Avenue, with students from age 8 to 11 interviewing the elderly, shopkeepers, customers and passersby, surveying, mapping and finally publishing an intensive snapshot of the era.

Opinion

Homes at 2072 Massachusetts Ave. will be lifeline for hundreds of families over the coming decades

The building proposed for 2072 Massachusetts Ave. is everything we’ve stated we want as a city: affordable, family-sized homes that are transit oriented, on a major retail corridor, beautifully designed and environmentally sustainable. It meets all our major goals, and should be applauded.

Make the right investment in affordable housing

Given the questionable financial premise of the 2072 Massachusetts Ave. building proposal, the Board of Zoning Appeal should either deny the comprehensive permit application for the current design or request an evaluation of the project finances, as allowed under state rules.

Let’s create opportunity and community through affordable housing, but 2072 project isn’t the way

Affordable housing is important, and I applaud the efforts to expand opportunities for working families. But it’s important to also consider the community where buildings are being built.

Film

‘Army of the Dead’: We’re off to a Las Vegas heist, but technically it’s impossible to make a killing

In “Army of the Dead,” Zach Snyder delves back into his bag of zombie tricks, and in the process turns the Vegas strip into a hive of hidden horrors counting down to a mushroom cloud.

Film

Comparing cultures in her doc ‘Weed & Wine,’ Cambridgeport’s Cohen found the relationship

Cambridgeport’s Rebecca Richman Cohen presents her country- and culture-spanning documentary “Weed & Wine” on Saturday at the Independent Film Festival Boston. After five years in the making, “in the end, it was about family,” the filmmaker finds.

Theater

Visit Central Square Theater virtually Thursday with Marathon’s free, 10-minute ‘Good Mother’

The Boston Theater Marathon XXIII: Special Zoom Edition – free, 10-minute plays by New England playwrights and theaters – brings The Underground Railway at Central Square Theater’s contribution Thursday.

What He's Having

Amazing tequeños at Orinoco Kitchen

What exactly are tequeños? If you embrace the warm, filling comfort of mozzarella sticks with a chunky marinara sauce for dipping, you’re halfway there. But Orinoco’s cheese is a soft, salty, white cow’s milk product from the Guayana region of Venezuela, and it is fried almost tempura light.

Film Ahead

Coronavirus edition 62: Musically inclined IFFB, political ‘Human Factor’ and ‘Stowaway’ in space

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with includes Week 2 of the Independent Film Festival Boston, full of lively musical documentaries and bleakly absorbing procedurals, as well as DocYard features and new films, from the political “Human Factor” to an unwanted “Stowaway.”

Poetry

Amanda Gorman-inspired ‘Future Leaders Read’ invites young poets to Starlight stage on Saturday

An Amanda Gorman-inspired “Future Leaders Read: A Teen & Youth Poetry Reading” is planned for Saturday at Starlight Square, with headliner Lizzle4 and plenty of open mic time for youth who want to share.