In Kendall and Davis squares, T tokens ride again, this time as trade-ins for meals at Life Alive cafes
Those old MBTA tokens you thought were worthless are spiking in value – briefly. Once worth one bus or subway ride, or about $1.25, for a week starting June 28 and again in August, they’re worth a meal at new Life Alive restaurants in Kendall Square and Somerville’s Davis Square, or about $11.
The Cambridge Housing Authority’s Workforce Program that helps youths living in public housing prepare for college or a career has received a $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. The grant, to be distributed over two years, will support the program while government aid has dwindled.
The city’s operating budget of $802 million was passed Monday by the City Council for the 2023 fiscal year starting July 1, representing an increase of $49 million, or 6.5 percent, over the current budget. It was an anticlimactic vote after the night’s approval of the next city manager, and one councillor suggested it not happen Monday at all.
Aid expected to fix a CHA budget gap of millions, but patient reluctance and staff shortages persist
The pandemic is still pummeling Cambridge Health Alliance financially, with patients again afraid to seek care during the current surge, and persistent staff shortages lengthening the wait for patients who do want help. Adding to the problems: assaults by teenage psychiatric patients, and monthslong delays in opening psychiatric units.
A measure aimed at promoting electric vehicles by increasing access to charging stations, reducing the number of cars in the city by expanding rental services and increasing use of “micro-mobility” transportation such as bicycles, electric bicycles and scooters drew support Tuesday from the Planning Board – as much as members felt they could offer.