The study committee will consider amendments to a City Council order that established the Harvard Square Conservation District in 2000 and possible amendments to the Neighborhood Conservation District enabling ordinance.
City surveillance policy debate and an MIT lab proposal raised questions Monday: How should Cambridge control digital surveillance technologies by city government? Should the City Council leave deployment of technologies to the city manager?
An operating budget of $605 million and capital budget of another $124.8 million arrived before city councillors Monday, getting a short introduction before a series of May meetings where line items can be explored in depth before a mid-May final vote.
The City Council unanimously adopted an order asking the city manager to give developer Gerald Chan 30 days to provide “long-term plans” for the empty Harvard Square cinemas he’s owned for two years. But there’s been no action from the City Manager’s Office.
The city is being urged to think big on rebuilding the 46-year-old Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School, already expected to cost at least $200 million in the earliest guesses, including by looking at buying the neighboring National Guard armory.
Neighbors of the blighted Vail Court hoping to see it turned into a park and community garden went away chastened from a community meeting, as residents, housing advocates and finally city officials rejected the idea in favor of affordable housing.
In light of heightened concerns about immigrant issues following the election of President Donald Trump, the city has allocated funds for an immigration coordinator that will work as part of the Human Rights Commission.
The removal of 23 trees in Watertown was bad public relations for Cambridge, officials acknowledged, and they would try to do better – but the work was made necessary by the invasion of giant roots into the pipeline bringing water into the city.
The Richard C. Rossi Housing Assistance Fund could help any case of looming eviction or trouble getting housing when there’s a head of a household out of a job but actively looking for work. While only $35,641 now, further private donations are expected to come in.
The city’s financial health has won top marks from all three major bond raters for the 18th straight year, officials announced Monday – an honor limited to only about three dozen communities nationwide. And its first-ever “minibond” offering sold out as well.