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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.

Health Alliance plan to end psychiatric ER draws criticism, even a doctor resignation

Health Alliance plan to end psychiatric ER draws criticism, even a doctor resignation

A parade of speakers, and then city councillors, denounced the Cambridge Health Alliance’s plan to eliminate a psychiatric emergency room.

Budget of $524.4M adds library hours, starts look at plan for citywide Wi-Fi

Budget of $524.4M adds library hours, starts look at plan for citywide Wi-Fi

More Sunday library hours, the start of a citywide Wi-Fi strategic plan and the start of an experiment in “participatory budgeting” are in the city’s upcoming budget.

Harvard Square public toilet by year-end, officials say; Central Square is likely next

Harvard Square public toilet by year-end, officials say; Central Square is likely next

A freestanding permanent public toilet should be in place by the end of this year in either of two locations in Harvard Square.

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