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Courthouse redevelopment approved 6-0 by Planning Board, residents vowing suit

Courthouse redevelopment approved 6-0 by Planning Board, residents vowing suit

Planning Board approval of plans for the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse site in East Cambridge came with various conditions, starting with mixed-income housing.

City lawyer adds answers on courthouse for meeting tonight; state takes property

City lawyer adds answers on courthouse for meeting tonight; state takes property

As the state files to take its own former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse by eminent domain, the Planning Board readies a vote on development there.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

Water issues make it clear that warnings about surges come too late for residents

Water issues make it clear that warnings about surges come too late for residents

One resident gets relief on a $1,000 fee, but real-time alerts for water use that might save even more thousands seem farther off.

School to bring in recess experts for year; one ‘no’ over use of improvement funds

School to bring in recess experts for year; one ‘no’ over use of improvement funds

A Cambridge elementary school is outsourcing recess, bringing in experts for a year after a School Committee vote approved a $25,000 contract award.

State’s mostly positive district study fires on elected officials, even on election style

State’s mostly positive district study fires on elected officials, even on election style

Criticisms from state education officials brought denunciations from School Committee members that reviewers didn’t know what they were talking about.

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

A huge Housing Authority construction project to transform run-down low-income housing developments across the city has sparked a small neighborhood controversy.

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

‘Linkage’ of $3.9M for affordable housing was left on table by city since 2002 advice

Officials failed to adopt a 2002 study about “linkage” fees for big construction, then left the fee essentially flat for more than a decade.

Cambridge police ask help finding man, 79, afflicted by Alzheimer’s (update)

Cambridge police ask help finding man, 79, afflicted by Alzheimer’s (update)

Cambridge Police are searching for a missing 79-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. With the man missing for some seven hours, the public was asked to help.

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Big developers could be asked to set aside up to 35 percent of new units for low- or middle-income families, even as officials admitted failing to hit the current 15 percent goal.

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