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Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Brutal, unrelenting snow and cold is inspiring some new thinking about traffic and cars – even a demonstration of open-mindedness on considering whether people can reserve their street parking space spaces.

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

One city councillor wants the city’s 40-plus boards and commissions to clarify yearly goals and initiatives … but exempts the council itself. That seems not very self-aware.

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

City officials reported the death of Brian Murphy, assistant city manager for community development and a former city councillor, in a message Thursday.

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Formal nomination papers aren’t filed with the Election Commission until the end of July, but lawyer Kim Courtney has announced that she is running and put up an extensive website explaining her platform.

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Two of our longest-serving city councillors – Mayor David Maher and state Rep. Tim Toomey – argued in favor of being a rubber stamp to the city manager on his power to appoint, against their own oversight powers and city law.

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

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.

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

Planning Pearl Street for the future means immediate redesign for buses, bicyclists

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 advances to semifinal round, becomes one of 50 pursuing Energy Prize

Cambridge advances to semifinal round, becomes one of 50 pursuing Energy Prize

Cambridge was named as one of 50 semifinalists in the Georgetown University Energy Prize, and has two years to argue to become a finalist.

Derelict Vail Court continues to frustrate, ownership at stake in sluggish court case

Derelict Vail Court continues to frustrate, ownership at stake in sluggish court case

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.

The worst of Cambridge in 2014

The worst of Cambridge in 2014

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.

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