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Sally's Sandwiches
Harvard Square

Blackbird Doughnuts Returns to the Smith Campus Center with Sally’s Sandwiches In Tow

More than a year after Covid-19 forced Blackbird Doughnuts to close, the artisanal donut shop has returned to the Smith Campus Center with a savory surprise in tow: Sally’s Sandwiches.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

City Council Candidates Propose Strategies for Supporting Low-Income Residents at Virtual Forum

Cambridge City Council candidates discussed strategies for federal funding allocation, employment opportunities, and city-wide safety in a virtual forum Thursday evening.

Massachusetts Turnpike
Harvard in the City

Mass. Turnpike Redesign to Clear Path for Harvard Development in Allston

Almost 100 acres of Harvard-owned land in Allston currently occupied by the Massachusetts Turnpike will be made available for development, thanks to a turnpike redesign plan selected by the Mass. Department of Transportation last week after eight years of deliberation.

Allston Housing
Harvard in the City

‘Just Not Fair’: As Allston’s Housing Costs Rise, Residents Turn to Harvard for Answers

Dominated by stockyards and rail lines before 1900, the 20th century transformed Allston: waves of immigration made it one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods, filled with single- and multi-family homes.

Lampoon Car Crash 1
Harvard Square

Car Crashes into The Lampoon

A car crashed into the building of the Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret Sorrento Square social organization that used to occasionally publish a so-called humor magazine, late Sunday night.

jfk st
Harvard Square

Chase Bank Branch to Open in Center of Harvard Square in 2022

The business will be housed at 9 JFK St. — across from CVS — and is part of a 60 branch expansion into New England that Chase announced in 2018, per JPMorgan Chase spokesperson Briana Curran. Currently, Chase’s only presence in the Square is an ATM in the Harvard Square MBTA station.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

City Council Candidates Discuss Affordable Housing Ahead of Upcoming Election

Nine candidates for Cambridge City Council addressed how they would tackle affordable housing — a likely high-profile campaign issue ahead of this November’s election — at a candidate forum Sunday.

HSQ Staff Shortages 2
Student Life

‘An Uphill Climb’: Square Businesses Grapple with Staffing Shortages

Amid a national shortage in restaurant workers, Harvard Square businesses have been inundated with customers, causing stores to reduce their hours and discontinue online ordering as lines stretch out of their doors.

Allston Sign
City Politics

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus Developer Pledges Transportation Improvements

As the Boston Planning and Development Agency proceeds with its review of Harvard’s proposed Enterprise Research Campus, developers, University representatives, and Allston residents met virtually Tuesday to discuss plans to improve local transportation.

Cambridge City Council Meeting
Cambridge City Council

City Council Passes Policy Orders on the Future of the City's Mask Mandate, BGLTQ Housing

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed three policy orders to reevaluate the City’s mask mandate, expand BGLTQ-friendly housing in Cambridge, and to recognize the efforts of the worker’s union for small business coffee chain Darwin’s at a Monday meeting.

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Lauds Data-Driven Governance, Affordable Housing in Annual Report

The City of Cambridge highlighted its national recognition for excellence in data-driven local governance and its work to improve housing affordability, boost access to economic and educational opportunities, and combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Students at SEC
Harvard in the City

Allston Residents Conflicted Over Appearance, Impact of Harvard’s New SEAS Campus

Local residents offered mixed opinions of Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex in Allston following its official opening to students on September 2.

Y2Y
Harvard Square

Student-Run Homeless Shelters to Operate at Reduced Capacity This Winter

As Harvard students returned en masse to Cambridge earlier this month, Harvard student-run homeless shelters have made plans to operate at reduced bed capacity for overnight guests this fall and winter.

HSQ Assaults
Crime

Three Harvard Affiliates Assaulted in Separate Harvard Square Incidents

Three Harvard affiliates were separately assaulted near Harvard Square in the past week, though none required medical attention, according to police.

Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr.
City Politics

CPD Commissioner Leaves With Mixed Reviews, Steps Into Role Heading Controversial New Police Force

As Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. leaves the department for Johns Hopkins University, Cambridge residents and City Council members recalled a tenure of mixed results.

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