The booming population in Alewife is remaking the pedestrian and bicycle bridge over the North Cambridge railroad tracks before the bridge has even been built.
Some 4,184 residents voted this year in the city’s second round of participatory budgeting, which lets citizens direct $600,000 worth of the city’s overall fiscal year 2017 budget to projects they like – primarily in transportation, and primarily for bicycle safety.
While the city is trying to do its part by paying a living wage for its own workers – now risen to $15 an hour – there are many reasons it’s difficult to ensure a living wage for all workers in Cambridge.
City planners are saying no to making a comprehensive housing plan part of the first year of a citywide master plan process, but have released a long-missing report on whether some suggestions about housing in Central Square will work financially.
Harsh words for a high-end landlord have dramatized an ongoing housing crisis as officials sought to make a comprehensive citywide housing plan an “early action item” in a development master plan and pondered ways to block renters from losing their homes.
Residents are sought to serve on the Community Advisory Board to review and recommend on the effectiveness of the City Living Wage Ordinance at creating and retaining living-wage jobs.
The city administration and Housing Authority officials are scrambling to salvage the authority’s $382 million redevelopment of low-income public housing after an unexpected state roadblock threatened to cut the borrowing ability for the project by $23.2 million.
A citywide development master plan got its $3.3 million in funding Monday, after a two-week delay brought on by a skeptical, cost-conscious city councillor and a roundtable discussion in which city staff tried to allay his concerns.
Today’s election offers a very rare opportunity to make a change in the way we govern ourselves, and with our Plan E Charter the root of fundamental problems, procedural and political, in our city, we need a charter change.
Sudden, surprise concerns that the cost of a nascent citywide development master plan would balloon to $6 million got a pair of answers Monday at a roundtable meeting: The price was set, and the end result was more important than the price tag.