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MBTA’s snow failure holds many lessons for angry, stranded, frozen commuters

MBTA’s snow failure holds many lessons for angry, stranded, frozen commuters

The MBTA failed big Monday, running trains that stalled, broke down and gave riders 2.5-hour commutes, but the real disaster was its typically terrible job of explaining what’s happening.

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.

Since it’s time for new parking stickers, learn how to make your time count best

Since it’s time for new parking stickers, learn how to make your time count best

Another first of February rolls around this week, and likely hundreds of residents will find Cambridge’s official greeting card issued bright and early on meter maids’ annual feeding-frenzy day.

Development skeptics can feel like there’s few trustworthy allies among city leaders

Development skeptics can feel like there’s few trustworthy allies among city leaders

The city is experiencing runaway development and explosive growth that critically endangers its character, diversity and quality of life, but its leaders and planners

Don’t let government shrink a proposed Kendall Square park to 2.5 acres from 7.5

Don’t let government shrink a proposed Kendall Square park to 2.5 acres from 7.5

An assortment of small parcels of open space is not equal to a large public park. Pocket parks are a welcome reprieve from urban stress, but they are not the civic solution worthy of a great city.

Cameras on law enforcement officers? You should be careful what you ask for

Cameras on law enforcement officers? You should be careful what you ask for

A plan can be worked out for a trial use of cameras, but beware what you ask for. Sometimes the public would rather not show how they really act in the street.

The best of Cambridge in 2014

The best of Cambridge in 2014

Plenty of great things happened in 2014. It was the year the Cambridge doubled down on art, won a 24-hour restaurant for Central Square, showed citizen power and council follow-through, struck a blow for Steam and saw a healthier Health Alliance.

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.

Boston 2024’s bid for Olympics is a loser for half-truths, total lack of transparency

Boston 2024’s bid for Olympics is a loser for half-truths, total lack of transparency

I have just one question for Boston 2024, the private group that put Boston into the running as a potential host for the 2024 Olympic Games: “Just who asked you, anyway?”

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

What #BlackLivesMatter protests look like from Cambridge and Somerville

There have been no black people killed by police here as there have been recently in Ferguson, Mo., and many other places, and white faces account for many among protest marchers.