Claiming the issue was too confusing, yet signaling also that he suspected politics were at play in the final weeks before an election, councillor Tim Toomey ended an attempt to televise an upcoming meeting launching a citywide development master plan.
Black Lives Matter Cambridge’s candidates forum Sunday was billed as an event for black and low-income Cantabrigians to “have a safe space to hold their elected officials accountable for their concerns,” and for the few who attended, it may have delivered.
Mariko Davidson, candidate for City Council, called for comprehensive campaign finance reform in Cambridge, citing councillors’ ability to accept campaign contributions from developers and others who have business before the council.
Five candidates for City Council were endorsed Oct. 8 by the Cambridge Residents Alliance, a development watchdog group: incumbents Dennis Carlone and Nadeem Mazen, and challengers Mike Connolly, Jan Devereux and Romaine Waite.
Some feel the status quo in our city government is good enough – that our housing crisis can be solved simply by increasing the height and density of our buildings. Respectfully, I disagree and have made several proposals on how we can solve this crisis.
The city backed away from a lawsuit over one small aspect of its affordable housing zoning requirements last month, receiving $40,000 and agreeing not to require that one out of five units in a building near Fresh Pond be set aside as affordable housing.
The Unity Slate of seven City Council incumbents got creamed at a Tuesday candidates forum, and its members weren’t even there – in fact, they got creamed largely because they weren’t.
It’s good that Cambridge has finally updated and raised developer “linkage” fees, but it has to be taken in context with actions from years past and with what else is being done on affordable housing. The council hasn’t been effective in addressing a housing crisis.
For the first time in nearly three decades, city officials are raising the “linkage” rate developers pay to help build affordable housing, as well as expanding what kinds of development incurs the fee. Some dubious reasoning was cited in the run-up to a vote.
Until last week, it was thought Harvard was pushing to add a two-story glass “pavilion” that would eliminate much of the open-air seating at Forbes Plaza. A new design packet suggest Harvard has responded to community concerns.