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Limits on e-cigarettes and smoking in larger public parks were voted in Thursday by the City Council, but some exotic tobacco sales will still be allowed, and businesses offering outdoor hookah use can go on doing so.
Pearl Street needs to be redesigned as a livable corridor that includes raised intersections, wider sidewalks, a one-way protected bike lane and safe, welcome bus stops with bumped-out curbs.
Cambridge was named as one of 50 semifinalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, and has two years to argue to become a finalist.
It’s been seven months since a threat of seizure for the public good was made for the decrepit Vail Court, near Central Square, but nothing has changed – so a city councillor has made the threat again.
This was the year the License Commission got weird, the school district drew complaints for its response to a teacher crisis, the city dragged out its projects, Harvard went full Putin and much more.
Several city councillors were ready to act Monday on a plastic bag ordinance, saying nearly eight years of debate was long enough, but instead the rules will go to “one more” subcommittee hearing in February, after which it may go back to the full council for a final vote.
The city has been looking for seven years and seven months at ways to reduce use of plastic bags, with the latest considered worse than the previous one by the Massachusetts Sierra Club.
The City Council has scheduled a walking tour of the Alewife area for 9:30 a.m. Monday. The tour will meet at the Danehy Park parking lot on New Street.
For the second year in a row, the Hubway bike rental system will stay available to riders throughout winter at almost all Cambridge stations. Riders in Somerville won’t have the option.
What might be called the catastrophic success of development in the Alewife area makes it the place to start a citywide planning process, city managers told the City Council.