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King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.

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 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.

Volpe redevelopment in heart of Kendall gets proposed zoning from city planners (update)

Volpe redevelopment in heart of Kendall gets proposed zoning from city planners (update)

City planners have quietly proposed that a 14-acre block be allowed up to 300 feet in height to promote middle-income housing and allow micro-units, more retail and the addition of streets inside.

Get your traffic safety ideas heard Jan. 9, and maybe win money doing it in contest

Get your traffic safety ideas heard Jan. 9, and maybe win money doing it in contest

It’s not every day city officials, transportation experts and technology whizzes get together to listen to ideas about how to make Cambridge streets better and safer. In fact, that day is Jan. 9.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

Housing Authority 9,500-person wait list will freeze for upgrades; few rents to rise (update)

The Housing Authority’s huge redevelopment project to preserve low-income housing means that most new applicants seeking public housing won’t be able to sign up.

Add 600 empty units to ease soaring rents, expert says to query raised at roundtable

Add 600 empty units to ease soaring rents, expert says to query raised at roundtable

A wide-ranging Planning Board and City Council roundtable about development issues mainly set a template for future discussion, but a housing expert offered a concrete insight on one question.

What happened to K2C2? City planners decided to let developers do it bit by bit

What happened to K2C2? City planners decided to let developers do it bit by bit

Surprising many of the city’s most savvy watchers of development, the Community Development Department long ago decided on its own to introduce proposals from $350,000 studies parcel by parcel.