Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Mayor’s Red Ribbon Commission on the Delights and Concerns of Central Square gets its unveiling Monday, with four suggested needs prominent:

  • Unsubsidized middle-class housing for a new Central Square workforce.
  • An incubation center for arts, including space for musicians, writers, dancers and visual artists.
  • A large market hall for local food and products.
  • Subsidized day care centers.

The 16-month commission, run by city councillor Ken Reeves and described by him as involving about 120 Cambridge residents, officials, landowners, developers, university representatives and other members of the Central Square community, has resulted in a 42-page book that explains the work and conclusions.

Brent Ryan, assistant professor of urban design and public policy in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, led a team of MIT urban planners to write, develop, and design the report, Reeves said.

At the Monday meeting, Reeves and Ryan are set to speak on the process and conclusions reached by the commission, followed by a panel discussion with the committee co-chairs. The evening starts with public comment at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting is to take place at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

This post was written from a press release.