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The CoUrbanize startup has posted a look at the “bankification” of city centers such as Harvard and Central squares, comparing the number of banks and cafes there and critiquing their tendency toward “dark windows with no activity.”
The residential tower promised for Kendall Square three times by developer Boston Properties gets a small but crucial step Monday: the sale of a 20-foot-wide slab of sidewalk that makes possible a 200,000-square-foot apartment building.
Cambridge’s Putnam Garden Apartments was more than just the backdrop for today’s announcement by Gov. Deval Patrick of affordable-housing resources and tax credit — it was also a beneficiary, along with The Bishop Allen Apartments in Central Square.
Discussions of a development being called Mass+Main and a look at the year-old Central Square Cultural District are at the top of the agenda for a Nov. 21 meeting of the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association.
We’re fortunate that we get to rank our candidates for City Council and School Committee rather than cast a zero-sum ballot. But this game is to identify the single-most indispensable challenger and incumbent for each elected body.
My Anybody But Him/Her list starts with the usual cast of suspects: the council members who vote yes to practically any upzoning petition that comes their way.
In May, Boston once again took the lead in environmental building practices when its City Council approved a Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance – and Palo Alto., Calif., has adopted a 100 percent renewable energy portfolio for all residents.
The A Better Cambridge residents group has released the results of its City Council Candidate ratings, with Leland Cheung and McGovern getting perfect scores.
Our elected and appointed officials really should figure out whether they want to tout their residents’ intelligence and achievements or reject them as being silly and uninformed. It can’t be both.
I respect all of the current Cambridge city councillors as individuals, but the current City Council session has been a failure. Luckily, voters have excellent alternatives.