There’s a lot on the table as city councillors gather for a final review of MIT’s proposed remake of the federal Volpe center in Kendall Square, with a sweetened list of community benefits that lists 950 new grad student beds – depending who’s doing the math.
While I am thrilled MIT is committed to following the city’s the 2015 Net Zero Action Plan, it is an empty promise – construction will almost certainly start before the date the plan requires buildings to be net zero. But MIT can still set a real environmental example.
JuggleMIT and the JuggleMIT Circus Show; The Boston Festival of Indie Games; What the Fluff? Marshmallow Festival; Pop-up Concert with Mary Bichner in Mount Auburn Cemetery; and Dumpling Festival at The Central Flea.
Two people were injured by gunshots at the Cambridge Carnival in Kendall Square – the second time in three years that nonfatal shootings have taken place at the massive annual festival.
Virtually every City Council candidate has made affordable housing a key part of their platform, but none have given us a concrete plan to get us there. Given the urgency of this crisis, that’s not a viable strategy for preserving the city we know and love.
The housing crisis we face today is not merely a supply problem, and we should eschew absolutist labels such as NIMBY and YIMBY that tend to drive us further apart. Instead, we should work together toward finding creative solutions.
An old idea to loosen up the housing market and lower prices is back, with a call for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build 1,800 units of graduate students apartments before it is allowed to build commercial space at its 14-acre Volpe site in Kendall Square.
Glow Festival; free classical performances; “Radical: Cambridge and Somerville activism in the ’60s and today”; Feminist Fiber Art Exhibit; and the Fourth Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival.
Toast & Moondream Tea open mic; Fourth Annual Harvard Square Salsa Sampling and Latin Beats Dance Party; “Marina” dramatized history; Haley Bryant Concert; and Exceptional Minds’ Summertime Session 2 variety show.
The fate of an MIT dorm has changed again, in apparent administration retaliation against student and alumni attempts to prevent an earlier announced change.