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New Central Square Housing; Newton 5th-Safest City; More!

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FINANCIAL DISTRICT/DOWNTOWN CROSSING—This weekend might be your last chance to take in the Hub's finest example of performance art in a long, long time. Dozens of Occupy Boston protesters remain in Dewey Square despite expectations that the BPD will soon sweep the plaza clean. []

NEWTON—The city was ranked the fifth-safest nationwide among municipalities with populations between 75,000 and 99,000: "The rankings consider murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. ... Newton was named the safest city in America for two straight years in 2004 and 2005. Last year, the city was named the seventh safest city in its population range." [CQ Press via]

CAMBRIDGE—A 120-member group called the Mayor’s Red Ribbon Commission on the Delights and Concerns of Central Square (only in the Republic, eh?) is set to recommend, among other things, more middle-class housing development in that area. It will also propose: "An incubation center for arts, including space for musicians, writers, dancers, and visual artists; a large market hall for local food and products; subsidized daycare centers." [Chronicle]

Dewey Square

Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA