Cambridge’s response to a recent rash of hate speech has drawn praise from the New England branch of the Anti-Defamation League, especially as incidents proliferate at schools – at least one of which has followed a less open approach.
In addition to ending the current procurement process for a developer, the decision called upon the city manager, the Foundry Advisory Committee and members of the public to work with the agency to develop a new strategy to move forward.
A unanimous vote to start over reflects residents and city councillor concerns that the current proposal does not provide enough community benefits. A development official says a second process could be faster – but would still take an additional calendar year.
The city will lose approximately $14 million in direct costs out of it $575 million budget if President-elect Donald Trump follows through on a threat to strip sanctuary cities of federal funds, but conversation Monday was of bolstering commitments despite the cost.
The council passed three items relating to Cambridge’s designation as a “Trust Act City,” including an appeal to the city manager to fund “any and all programs that may be in jeopardy should the federal government stop funding sanctuary cities.”
City officials are grappling with questions of what President-Elect Donald Trump’s promise to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities such as Cambridge might mean for the community. And some are worried.
Tensions about the Foundry building redevelopment bubbled over during discussion of the project at an East Cambridge Planning Team meeting Wednesday, when a meeting ended with uncertainty rather than a vote or consensus.
Despite dissatisfaction over the direction of redevelopment at the city’s Foundry building, and murmurs of a radical reboot for the project, discussion of the topic by the City Council awaits input from the East Cambridge Planning Team neighborhood group.