The zoning amendment that will shape the 14 acres of Kendall Square holding the federal John A. Volpe Transportation Center arrived on the City Council’s desk fully formed, and It remains to be seen whether the public gets much say in what happens.
The city, state, real estate developers Leggat McCall Partners and five local residents and neighbors have agreed to settle the outstanding claims in a lawsuit about redevelopment of the former Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge.
The public has been able to enjoy Forbes Plaza for more than 45 years, and there is no reason Harvard can’t have a new campus center while still respecting the public enjoyment of this important outdoor public open space in Harvard Square.
A request by Harvard University for a variance for a two-story glass addition would significantly reduce the size and compromise the character of the long-standing outdoor public space known as Forbes Plaza.
It’s expected that city planners may reveal static snapshots of its models before a June 29 joint meeting of the City Council’s Ordinance Committee and the Planning Board, but it is looking unlikely they will release the 3-D models themselves.
More than 100 tenants from a single apartment building have been plunged into the tight Cambridge housing market on short notice, bringing outrage from city councillors and new awareness of the vulnerability of residents who aren’t able to buy their homes.
Changes to two of Harvard Square’s most prominent landmarks get hearings tonight and Wednesday, including Forbes Plaza and its flagship Au Bon Pain and the iconic Out of Town News kiosk.
A night of psychedelic blues; the seventh Dance for World Community Festival; the fourth Somerville Squeezebox Slam; Sam Amidon and Maeve Gilchrist perform folk on the fringe; and a Bizarro Ball of burlesque and more.
The population increased to 109,964 in July 2014 and is on its way to a projected 118,625 in 2030, but a boom in housing construction seems likely to surpass a 2030 target a decade ahead of schedule.
The shipping container marketplace envisioned for a small construction lot in Kendall Square never came to be, but it had an interesting detour on the way to hosting food trucks: vending machine bazaar.