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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 |

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 |

Tips and FAQs

Upcoming Events in Inman Square

Second Thursdays in Inman Square
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Starts at 6:00 p.m. 

Join the Community Development Department and East Cambridge Business Association for our monthly event series, which offers a variety of specials and activities from local businesses. Highlights on June 13th include:

  • Albertine Press (1309 Cambridge St.): 6:00-8:00pm - Local calligrapher Pier  Gustafson will be on hand from 6-8:00 p.m. sharing calligraphy demonstrations and scribing your Father's Day cards!
  • Gather Here (1343 Cambridge St.): 6:00-7:00pm - Embroidery activity: learn how to embroider a simple design or how to add text to a DIY patch. $8 per person to participate; register in advance
  • Practice Space (1307 Cambridge St.): 6:00-8:00pm - Free adult paint night! Attend to mix colors, make marks, or work on your own projects. Art supplies provided, but participants can also use personal supplies. Activity is limited to 10 people; first come, first serve.
  • City Girl Cafe (204 Hampshire St.): Stop by to enjoy pizza, salad, beer, and wine!
  • Inman Oasis (243 Hampshire St.): Grab something for Dad! Enjoy 10% off all retail products between 6-0:00 p.m.
  • Tex Mex Eats (1193 Cambridge St.): 6:00-9:00pm - Stop by the restaurant pop up!
  • Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge St.): 9:00-10:00pm "Bar Pie Thursdays" - get a free cheese pizza with a purchase of an adult beverage at the bar
  • The Druid (1357 Cambridge St.): 10:00pm - DJ night 

Second Thursdays in Inman Square
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Starts at 6:00 p.m. 
Explore Inman Square and enjoy specials and delights offered by local restaurants and businesses. 

Second Thursdays in Inman Square & Annual Movie Night
Thursday, August 8
Starts at 6:00 p.m. 
Explore Inman Square and enjoy specials and delights offered by local restaurants and businesses. 

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.

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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