Very little retail in Kendall Square proper -- MIT Press Bookstore, MIT Coop, a couple of banks, some lunch places. There used to be an independent drugstore, but it closed and wasn't replaced with anything useful. (Hey, CVS! This is one place where your arrival would be quite welcome. You are everywhere else so why not here?)
'One Kendall Square', a few blocks away, has the cinema and a whole bunch of bars and restaurants, but still no real retail.
Cambridge Public Library addition... this one seemed to rise under everyone's radar, but it looks to be one of the better buildings put up recently. It's not open yet, so no idea what the interior's like:
Meier? Ann Behe at her best I would say, and not on a budget either. I have to say that I ride past this building every day and think has to be in the running for the best designed building in the BMA in at least a couple of years. Its a shame that it does not get any attention. Beha + Assoc. does some very fine work. I will be a proud care carrying memeber as soon as they open the doors.
It's a beautiful building, but I would have liked it to have picked up SOME design cues from its neighbor. Even if the architect had tried to match the color of the stone it might have lent some harmony to the site.