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Cambridge Day, We Hardly Knew Ye

I'd like to be able to deliver a heartfelt eulogy for the Cambridge Day. But I have to admit that until now, I never laid eyes on the eight-page free Cambridge daily that has expired after less than a month.

The brainchild of former Boston Herald staffer Marc Levy, the Day was launched on Oct. 31 and cranked out 15,000 copies five days a week. The format was tabloid sized, black and white, and it was published largely through the efforts of volunteers.

In an email message, Levy described the paper as having "no real ideology" aside from being in tune with the city's generally left-leaning politics. But a recurring theme was helping the city recover from difficult economic times and fending off the large chain retailers. (By the way, Levy says he's done the research and Cambridge's traditional claim of being America's biggest city without a daily -- sorry we're not counting the Harvard Crimson -- is just not true.)

While I won't wax disingenuous about what the loss of the Day may mean to local journalism, nobody likes to see a publication fold. Hopefully Levy can figure another way to put his ambition and energy to work.
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