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Planning Board opposes Carlone petition shifting a permit power to city councillors

Planning Board opposes Carlone petition shifting a permit power to city councillors

Planning Board members voted against a zoning petition taking away some authority and explained how better zoning from the City Council could improve its work.

City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

At an Ordinance Committee meeting running nearly four hours, public comment on the so-called Carlone petition dominated, with many saying they felt “zoning for the city is broken.”

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Weather swells storm of public comment, but Silver Maple Forest order is washout

Despite shock over flash flooding and a tornado in Revere, an order aimed at saving the Silver Maple Forest from development wound up as watered down as the region itself.

Citizens debate effect of temporarily giving council project review powers

Citizens debate effect of temporarily giving council project review powers

A petition turning the City Council into a review board for the biggest development proposals was sent onward Monday for further hearings.

Blight of Central Square’s Barron Plaza will drag down pushcart test, some fear

Blight of Central Square’s Barron Plaza will drag down pushcart test, some fear

Bringing in performers and pushcarts might not overcome the blight of their backdrop in Central Square, officials said Monday.

Closing of psych ER is set for Wednesday, Health Alliance CEO says at roundtable (expanded)

Closing of psych ER is set for Wednesday, Health Alliance CEO says at roundtable (expanded)

A plea for a slow transition away from a dedicated psychiatric emergency room was “taken under advisement,” then shown to be happening this week.

Seeing a cessation grant go up in smoke, council moves to slow CHA cigarette ban

Seeing a cessation grant go up in smoke, council moves to slow CHA cigarette ban

For the second time in eight months, councillors want the Cambridge Housing Authority to delay its controversial ban on smoking in public housing.

Lawsuit on courthouse called ‘inevitable’ even as developer offers to cut two stories

Lawsuit on courthouse called ‘inevitable’ even as developer offers to cut two stories

A lawsuit is all but inevitable in the redevelopment of a former courthouse, public officials said, but talks between neighbors and builder Leggat McCall are ongoing.

City Council speaks up about PARCC, school test sparking concern statewide

City Council speaks up about PARCC, school test sparking concern statewide

Councillors added to discussion about the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams, while the School Committee remained silent.

City’s stance against fliers draws lawsuit from ACLU; councillors seek alternative

City’s stance against fliers draws lawsuit from ACLU; councillors seek alternative

A citizen facing police fines for putting fliers on cars heard support from city councillors, possibly helping cut short a First Amendment lawsuit against the city.

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