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First-term councillors have mixed reaction to changes asked on development process

First-term councillors have mixed reaction to changes asked on development process

A committee has referred a three-part zoning petition to the City Council with recommendations of yes, maybe and no.

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

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.

Group awards $30,000 of legal settlement to Mystic River Watershed Association

Group awards $30,000 of legal settlement to Mystic River Watershed Association

The Mystic River Watershed Association got $30,000 for environmental restoration on Oct. 7 from the Oaktree Appellants, a group of local activists.

Courthouse plan foe, vexed by board, suggests city help fund citizens’ appeal

Courthouse plan foe, vexed by board, suggests city help fund citizens’ appeal

This is not merely a few folks kvetching about an unpopular decision. People are irate.

Outreach to residents is key improvement, Planning Board says for itself, developers

Outreach to residents is key improvement, Planning Board says for itself, developers

A better website and broadcasts of meetings were among reforms talked about, along with requiring developers to meet with residents before coming before the board.

Planning Board gets three new members amid broad talks of reform for processes

The city manager announced appointments to the Planning Board today. The appointments are effective Dec. 1.

Oaktree Development is named as finalist for Affordable, Workforce Housing honor

Oaktree Development is named as finalist for Affordable, Workforce Housing honor

Cambridge’s Oaktree Development was honored for its development of 30 Haven, a 53-unit, mixed-income urban infill project in Reading.

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

Defying skeptics, and making amends, giant banks invest in public housing

In a deal that connects Wall Street to poor families in Cambridge, two of the largest banks in the country are investing in low-income public housing here.

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.

Reasons behind squeezing in bus stop don’t help pedestrians squeeze past it

Reasons behind squeezing in bus stop don’t help pedestrians squeeze past it

A new bus stop stretches across more than 60 percent of the sidewalk, is an eyesore and seems little used. Here’s why it’s here to stay.