Grendel’s Den has 50 years of stories to recount (and is doing it in the ‘People’s History’ podcast)
At 50 years old, Grendel’s Den is not only going strong, but has come to embody the essence of Harvard Square and how it (always) “used to be cool.” The podcast we’re putting together, “A People’s History of Food and Drink: Five by Ten in the Den,” is meant to bring people back to the nostalgia of each of its decades.
A Classical Revival building by an architect known for Roman Catholic churches featured five domes with two exhibition wings and a circular theater with seating for 3,000, and the world’s first Shoe & Leather Exposition drew 30,000 visitors on opening night. But success was short-lived.
After just 22 women were admitted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966. officials decided to improve the environment and resources available for female students. Katharine Dexter McCormick, from the Class of 1904, stepped in to bridge a gap between intention and construction.
A sweeping, statewide change in political mapping could remove state Rep. Jay Livingstone entirely from Cambridge politics, giving him an all-Boston district while carving up the Cambridge part of his current 8th Suffolk District among state Rep. Mike Connolly and two newcomers.
The overhead catenary wires that power the 71 and 73 bus routes in North Cambridge are expected to be gone by 2024, made obsolete by battery-electric buses that rely on charging depots. The plans have come under scrutiny by transit activists who see higher environmental priorities elsewhere.