Sunday, June 16, 2024

Iconic art in Kendall Square, seen April 17. City councillors will look this week at planning for the tech-heavy square. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Alert about ‘massive tree loss’

Community meeting, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Residents worried about “massive tree loss” from drought are calling this meeting to urge people to, in their language, encourage city government to prepare for future droughts and heat waves; follow its Urban Forest Master Plan; reduce over-paving in plans for the Linear Park; and “plant more trees everywhere and make sure they survive.” Information or volunteer opportunities are at [email protected]. The meeting is at Danehy Park, 99 Sherman St., in Neighborhood 9 just east of Fresh Pond, taking place at the picnic tables by the Sherman Street parking lot.


Strategic planning at the CRA

Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebrations Committee, 2 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Dennis Carlone will get an update on the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority’s strategic planning process and look at one of the city’s least controversial reappointments: keeping Kathleen Born as a CRA member for another five-year term. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

MassAve4, Lechmere park plans

Joint Transportation Committees, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. This meeting of the city’s bicycle, pedestrian, and transit advisory committees will hear from city staff about draft plans for the MassAve4 Cycling Safety Ordinance Projects; and review plans to renovate the Lechmere Canal Park and its paths. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

School Covid protocol changes

School Committee Building & Grounds Subcommittee, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This hearing chaired by José Luis Rojas Villarreal addresses the latest changes to Covid protocols and updates on a long-range building study, how to share policies being considered for review during the school year, prioritize and incorporate them into the subcommittee’s schedule. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.


Issues facing Black residents

Civic Unity Committee, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. This committee run by city councillor E. Denise Simmons looks at two projects proposed Aug. 1: a Task Force on Cambridge’s African American/Black Residents; and a Black Men and Boys Commission. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Charter review looks long-term

The Charter Review Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. More work reviewing the city’s rules of governance for the first time in 80 years, this time discussing long-term planning. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.

Alewife zoning recommendations

Alewife Zoning Working Group, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. A fourth meeting between staff from Community Development and this working group talks about infrastructure, open space and community facilities. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.