Sunday, June 16, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.


Grand Junction rail lines by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in January 2017. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Community preservation spending

Community Preservation Committee, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A look at current funding and estimated funding for the 2024 fiscal year starting July 1 on a program powered by property taxes and matching state funds for the goals of open space, historic preservation and community housing. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Forum on teen and tween health

Hear About It – Ask About It! teen-tween health forum, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Experts discuss results from the 2022 Cambridge Teen and Middle Grades Health Survey at the Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge; or register to get a link for Zoom videoconferencing.

Main Street bike lane project

Main Street Safety Improvement Project, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Main Street in The Port neighborhood – from Massachusetts Avenue in Lafayette Square and Portland Street near Kendall Square – is due to get separated bicycle lanes in both directions, improved crossing locations for pedestrians, identified locations for parking and loading and other changes focused on safety at key intersections. Similar projects have whipped up strong feelings around loss of parking. This second meeting reviews the origins of the project, shares design options based on community feedback and gives an opportunity for more public comment. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

City-line voter challenges

Election Commission, 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Settling the case of whether a former city councillor was legally a Cambridge voter – because his home straddles the Somerville city line – was just the beginning. Commissioners have other potential voter registration challenges to think about on border properties, and now hearings to schedule. With an election upcoming, there’s also a presentation due on lessons to learn from early in-person voting in 2021-2022. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Grand Junction transit update

Transit Advisory Committee, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Cambridge Redevelopment Authority staff presents on a feasibility study for transit on the Grand Junction corridor, a linear park where people can walk, jog or bicycle along train tracks between the Boston University Bridge and Somerville. Grand Junction rail – now occasional freight uses – could mean a Kendall Square commuter rail station and link between North Station in Boston and a West Station that would serve Harvard University’s developing Allston campus. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Police body camera policy

Police Review & Advisory Board, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. This citizen oversight board looks at the police department’s draft policy on body-worn cameras for officers. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.