Open During Construction

Inman Square Construction Impact Mitigation

Community Development

The Community Development Department and the Department of Public Works are collaborating with the East Cambridge Business Association, Inman Square Neighborhood Association, Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and Cambridge Local First to mitigate construction-related impacts on local businesses associated with the Inman Square Intersection Improvements Project.

Contact Information

For questions related to construction mitigation for local businesses, contact Pardis Saffari, Senior Economic Development Manager, Community Development Department
(617) 349-4654 | psaffari@cambridgema.gov

For questions related to construction for the Inman Square Intersection Improvements Project, contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, Department of Public Works
(617) 349-4870 | kriley@cambridgema.gov

Tips and FAQs

How do I Participate in the Inman Square Loyalty Program?

To support Inman Square’s vibrant local businesses during construction, the Community Development Department launched the Inman Square Loyalty Program. To participate:

  • Pick up an Inman Square Loyalty Card at a participating Inman Square business.
  • Visit participating businesses each month and get your card stamped six (6) times.
  • Return your completed Loyalty Card (6 stamps) to drop boxes located throughout Inman Square.
  • Be entered to win a $50.00 gift card to an Inman Square business of your choice. Two winners will be chosen at the end of each month while construction is ongoing.

Participants are limited to submitting one completed Loyalty Card per month. No purchase necessary to participate.   

Note: City of Cambridge employees are encouraged to support Inman Square businesses during construction, but are not eligible to participate in the Loyalty Program. Gift cards cannot be used for wine, liquor or tobacco purchases, per Massachusetts state law.

For full program and participant eligibility details, click here. 

Participating businesses are indicated with a heart icon in the map below. Download a Loyalty Program Map (PDF) here.

Upcoming Events in Inman Square

Inman Square Intersection Improvements Project "Coffee Talk" Session
Wednesday, October 2
10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Gather Here, 1343 Cambridge Street

Residents, business owners and their employees are invited to stop by a Coffee Talk to meet with City staff and contractors to ask questions related to the Inman Square Intersection Improvements Project. 


Second Thursdays
Thursday, October 10
6:00-10:00 p.m.
Inman Square

Join Bluebikes for a bike ride from Harvard Square to Inman Square to enjoy the Second Thursday event series in October! Meet at the Bluebikes station at Harvard Square at Mass Ave / Dunster Street, and ride as a group on a route that includes separated bike lanes.

Participants who register in advance will receive a free Bluebikes trip and a free helmet. Riders must be 16 years and older; riders under 18 must have parental consent. To register, visit: To register for the bike ride, visit: bit.ly/SecondThursdaysRide

Once you've arrived at Second Thursdays, enjoy a variety of activities and specials from local businesses, including:

Gather Here Stitch Lounge (1343 Cambridge St.), 6:00-8:00p.m.: Join the monthly Make & Take event. ($8 per participant)

Practice Space (1307 Cambridge St.), 6:00-8:00p.m: Participate in social art making - fun for all ages!

Albertine Press (1309 Cambridge St.), 6:00-8:00p.m: Intro to Brush Lettering Class. If you've ever wanted to try your hand at brush lettering, what better way than in a relaxed, small group setting with a glass of wine in hand? Amelia & Natasha of We're Into It will lead you through this workshop to learn the basics of hand lettering with brush pens. Cost of class is $70

Inman Square Wine & Spirits (1226 Cambridge St.) 6:00-8:00p.m: Stop by for a beer and wine tasting! (participants must be 21 years or older)

Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge St.), 9:00-10:00 p.m. Get a free cheese pizza with a purchase of an adult beverage at the bar!

DruidPub Cambridge (1357 Cambridge St.): DJ night - enjoy local talent spinning their decks for a night of music!


How can I help my business during construction?

  • Stop by a monthly "Coffee Talk" hosted by the Department of Public Works to speak with City staff about the Inman Square Intersection Improvements Project.

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