The City Council voted 8-0 to approve zoning that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary near Harvard Square. The quest for a dispensary by Sage Cannabis began in November, and is far from over.
Councillors asked for a legal opinion after some worried that a one-block change in zoning to allow a dispensary in the Mid-Cambridge neighborhood seemed like “spot zoning” that was unfair to other pot businesses and possibly illegal.
After years of controversy over the language determining how much housing gets set aside as “affordable,” the city is starting talks to reset that figure – potentially to 17 percent to 20 percent of certain projects – with language less open to interpretation.
After spending more than a year on surveys and qualitative metrics, the Cambridge Broadband Task Force has its first look at the potential cost of a city-run, high-speed Internet service.
A move to get professional lobbyists to register and disclose their work in Cambridge was complicated by lingering anger from the past election, with the Cambridge Residents Alliance citizens group getting compared to the NRA by city councillor Craig Kelley.
The City Council approved a timeline in the search for a new city manager to culminate in a hiring vote Sept. 26, and learned that retiring City Manager Richard C. Rossi has expressed a willingness to stay on another three months, to Sept. 30.
Pocket parks, a farmers market, free Wi-Fi and more public art, as well as sidewalk improvements, real-time T and bus arrival information and a Business Improvement District for Central Square could all be before the City Council as a package soon.
We need to make sure we’ve learned the lesson of lighting at the Zinc luxury apartment building by ensuring that its display stay off and that whatever ordinance is passed prevents such lighting anywhere in the city.
City officials suggested they leaned toward removing Christopher Columbus entirely in favor of a more general celebration of Italian-American heritage, introducing a separate Indigenous Peoples Day for the people who suffered from European explorations.
The city has once again earned AAA ratings from each of the nation’s three major credit rating agencies – the best possible rating, and for the 17th straight year. But City Manager Richard C. Rossi sounded an alarm over increasingly complex and expensive projects.