Saturday, May 25, 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.


A Portland Loo in Cambridge’s Central Square in May 2021. (Photo: Marc Levy)

New public restroom location

Portland Loo pop-up event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. City staff offer a cold treat and information about a recommended location for Cambridge’s fifth Portland Loo – its free public restrooms. This next 24-hour amenity is expected to be placed somewhere along the Charles River and is the first of three to be added through the Participatory Budgeting process. The meeting is at Corporal Burns Park, 32 Flagg St., Riverside, Cambridge.

Charter review on other voting

Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. This group charged with suggesting updates to the city’s 80-year-old governing document turns its eye toward the ways voters can govern – petitions, initiatives, referenda and recalls – in addition to assessing City Council goal-setting and budget priorities and reviews of the city manager. The agenda includes other work as well. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Pedestrianizing the square

Harvard Square Advisory Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. The committee has been talking through the ramifications of closing the square to car traffic, at least in places or at specific times, and continues discussion of the topic from July. Also, two Dunkin’ Donuts in the square are changing ownership, and the special permits they operate under aren’t switched automatically to new owners by the Board of Zoning Appeal. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.