The death of bicyclist Amanda Phillips in Inman Square has focused political will for change and, as requested by a City Council order, resulted in the fast-tracking of changes planned for a chaotic and crowded intersection of five city streets, city officials said Monday.
Police are investigating the early Saturday shooting death of Anthony Clay, 49, of Cambridge.
Thursday’s death of a bicyclist in Inman Square came exactly a month after the most recent request by city officials for a solution to tame its convoluted and dangerous traffic patterns.
Fresh on the heels of opening the first section of the Grand Junction Path in Kendall Square for bicyclists, walkers, joggers and inline skaters, the city is putting money down in North Cambridge for land intended to be another crucial section of path.
City councillors agreed to explore publicly funded “clean elections” in a Monday vote, a potential step toward ending the ugliness of recent municipal election seasons and a cause for division and suspicion among residents and officials.
Public housing officials are encountering unpleasant, expensive surprises as they modernize and rebuild hundreds of apartments with a goal of preserving low-income housing for decades. In some cases, the unexpected discoveries have exhausted contingency funds.
The City Council approved a $1.4 million “friendly” eminent domain taking of 859 Massachusetts Ave. at Monday’s meeting. The building was home to the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, which moved out in mid-May.
Crime dropped in 2015 for the fifth consecutive year, despite three murders, according to an annual crime report by the Cambridge Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit.
There was comfort Monday for Italian-Americans upset over losing Columbus Day in Cambridge as a result of June 6 order replacing it with Indigenous Peoples Day. The celebration of other immigrant experiences will wait for a future policy orders, councillors said.
One person was injured early Sunday in a shooting as Central Square clubs emptied, police said – about 14 hours after a gun buyback program ended.