The long-missing topic of municipal broadband is returning to public discussion Monday, but city staff says there’s not enough evidence that the community sees a city-owned network as critical, especially compared with an expense in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
After sitting empty for more than a decade of its 17-year existence, a giant retail space in the heart of Central Square is getting a tenant: an Amazon “merchandise pickup store,” according to firms designing and building the space and Inspectional Services records.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation made at least 8,500 pothole repairs to its roads in the past year, using approximately 412 tons of material, though only five of the repairs shown on its online pothole dashboard were in Cambridge.
A quarter-million-dollar grant will pay for the creation of The Loop Lab, a sound-production studio and podcast station in The Port neighborhood that will launch next year, teaching skills that can lead to well-paying employment, organizers said.
Adopting an ordinance that requires City Council review of surveillance technology empowers our elected representatives to make choices, rather than police under pressure. We take it on ourselves to hold those officials accountable come election time.
North Cambridge was the social media platform Nextdoor’s first neighborhood in Massachusetts – now there are as many as 1,700 in Greater Boston – and the company said thanks by throwing a party.
We coastal elites have been accused of mocking the heartland by pointing out that they often support governments that work against their own economic interests. But we don’t have to look farther than our own City Hall to find an example.
A petition filed Monday to set rules for Airbnb hosts drew suspicion and anger rather than support, with city councillors signaling that they would take care to avoid what they considered a trick to delay legitimate regulations from being passed.
Cambridge quietly started livestreaming Planning Board meetings with a “soft launch” on Feb. 28. Streaming and archiving was expected at one time to begin by mid-2016 at the latest.
The City of Cambridge released its website redesign Wednesday, more than two years after it announced the overhaul. Officials have been uncharacteristically cagey about the rollout process.