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Nice shot: And out of the blue …

Nice shot: And out of the blue …

And suddenly, out of the blue, the Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar’s patio appeared and the Out of the Blue sign became a little less effective.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

Five head-scratch-inducing statements from the battle over big development

Five head-scratch-inducing statements from the battle over big development

Our messy, wide-ranging clash over development didn’t end with a Sept. 8 vote by the City Council over the Carlone petition. But maybe we’ve left this sort of thing behind?

East Cambridge group wants exploration of options in place of courthouse, not park

East Cambridge group wants exploration of options in place of courthouse, not park

It seems highly irresponsible for the city to not resolve legal matters around this proposal, or to work with the developer to explore a smaller project.

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

Storm over Manning park hints at debate possible for whole $393.8M housing redo

A huge Housing Authority construction project to transform run-down low-income housing developments across the city has sparked a small neighborhood controversy.

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Big developers could be asked to set aside up to 35 percent of new units for low- or middle-income families, even as officials admitted failing to hit the current 15 percent goal.

Skeptical councillors kill ‘Carlone petition’ taking power to judge large developments

Skeptical councillors kill ‘Carlone petition’ taking power to judge large developments

A plan to give more power to the City Council over large projects in two city neighborhoods died Monday in a 5-3 vote.

Proposed hotel should be by urban wilds, not Route 2, say residents, board members (update)

Proposed hotel should be by urban wilds, not Route 2, say residents, board members (update)

There was only mild opposition to a plan to bring a 150-room hotel to Route 2, but lots of interest in seeing developers move the hotel away from the road.

Council poised to reject Carlone petition amid talk of improving planning process

Council poised to reject Carlone petition amid talk of improving planning process

Opponents of a zoning petition didn’t offer alternatives to concerns over three large developments, but did talk about changes to Planning Board processes.

First hurdle passed in $5 million contest about energy saving, net-zero emissions

First hurdle passed in $5 million contest about energy saving, net-zero emissions

Cambridge is among 52 communities getting to the quarterfinals of the Georgetown University Energy Prize with its energy conservation ideas.