Friday, August 10, 2007

Settling in

One of the reasons I got to peek in on 640 yesterday is my branch of Codon Devices has moved to new quarters. Whereas before we were down at near the east end of the Cambridge biotech zone at One Kendall Square, now I'm near the west edge closer to Central Square.

I'm proud that I didn't gain much stuff since the last move; though the file box was nearly full this time so things are creeping up.

One big change is that One Kendall Square had a lot of pricey but good restaurants nearby, and was also in range of the fleet of food trucks that park near the MIT Campus. The new site is in the borderlands between industrial Cambridge and residential Cambridge, with the result that there are only a few small pizza / sub shops in very close proximity. However, less than 10 minutes away is the culinary UN of Central and also 3 grocery stores (one standard one, a Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods), two of which have extensive salad bars.

The really big change is I have both a roomy cube & am steps away from my laboratory collaborators -- most have offices/cubes on the same floor (which is all offices), and the lab is now just a single unbarricaded staircase away -- as well as the breakroom and the restrooms.

The new office space also has lots of desk space & lots of light, almost too much in the morning. My tender perennials and annual herbs have already lined up with applications for asylum; the faint aroma of basil & rosemary should brighten up those grey winter days!

3 comments:

such.ire said...

I love Central Square. It's not as quaint as Davis, but it's still got that immigrant vibe that Harvard or Kendell squares never had. It's that or Inman, but Inman's hard to get to by T...

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JSinger said...

It's not as quaint as Davis...

It went straight from "awful" to "gentrified" without ever hitting "quaint". There was a lot of whining from slumming hipsters when it was renovated but what was lost (godawful clothing stores, the donut/Chinese food shop, the supermarket that was staffed by 14 year olds and didn't carry high-end vegetables like lettuce or carrots, the constantly brawling skinheads) really wasn't worth regretting.