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Land Court schedules courthouse dates, judge mulling if ‘horse has left the barn’

Land Court schedules courthouse dates, judge mulling if ‘horse has left the barn’

A rough schedule for Sullivan Courthouse litigation was set by Judge Robert Foster of the Massachusetts Land Court on Wednesday, and the sides sketched out arguments over a fast disposition called summary judgment.

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.

Street Safety Challenge identifies winning project: MIT team’s bike accident analysis

A project detailing how 82 percent of bicycle accidents happens on 20 percent of Cambridge roads has won a civic contest run by the MIT-born Open Data Discourse.

MIT gets go-ahead to demolish neglected Bexley dormitory after preservation fails

MIT gets go-ahead to demolish neglected Bexley dormitory after preservation fails

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology got the go-ahead Thursday to tear down one of its undergraduate dorms, the 104-year-old Bexley Hall, after failing to stop its deterioration.

Reshaped Planning Board elects attorneys to lead; one vows to renew faith in process

Reshaped Planning Board elects attorneys to lead; one vows to renew faith in process

H Theodore Cohen replaces Hugh Russell, an architect who has served as chairman of the Planning Board for the past five years. Catherine Preston Connolly is named vice chairwoman.

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.