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.


Volpe isn’t finished at board

Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The board agenda again lists minor changes for plans at the 14-acre Volpe parcel in Kendall Square – where at noon Monday the eponymous John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center reopened in a new, scaled-down building – although changes to innovation space and a Third Street Park were dealt with at a Sept. 12 meeting. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Opening of Triangle Park

Triangle Park opening celebration, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday. Enjoy light refreshments while checking out this new public park with 300 freshly planted trees, different types of seating and a deck that can double as a stage for small performances or community events. The park is at 200 First St., Kendall Square.

City spending disparity study

Economic Development & University Relations Committee, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Paul Toner follows up on a Feb. 3, 2021, order to explore whether City Hall spends less with contractor businesses owned by minorities, women and other historically disadvantaged groups. When Boston looked, it found that of $664 million spent on contracts in 2018, just 1 percent went to minority- and women-owned businesses. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Avenue design by Jerry’s Pond

Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebration Committee, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Dennis Carlone helps shape the future at Jerry’s Pond, a fenced-off former amenity in North Cambridge that’s being returned to public use with the life-sciences firm IQHQ – but the group Friends of Jerry’s Pond thinks more can be done along Rindge Avenue, and that it’s best done at the same time as the other improvements. Despite the loss of some grant funding, the vision remains to transform “the narrow, blighted strip along Jerry’s Pond into a world-class stretch of green infrastructure with landscaped parkland, 150 to 175 newly planted trees, walking paths, seating and fully separated bicycle paths.” The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Massachusetts Avenue changes

Massachusetts Avenue Partial Construction Working Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday. The team is focused on $50 million worth of reconstruction on the two miles between Cambridge Common and the Arlington town line, a project springing from the city’s Cycling Safety Ordinance and its addition of bike lanes. At this third meeting, the project team focuses on concept designs south of Porter Square to Waterhouse Street at Cambridge Common, including crosswalks, curb use and bus stops. A Zoom link wasn’t in the first draft of this meeting notice – but staff may yet add it.

‘It’s Basic’ doc is screened

Cambridge Premiere of “It’s Basic” documentary, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Join Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and other members of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income for a free premiere screening of the documentary “It’s Basic,” which looks at pilot programs launched in the United States that test the effects of giving everyday people an extra $500 to $1,000 monthly with no strings attached. As part of the Guaranteed Income Works National Tour, the event starts with food and refreshments and concludes with a discussion with participants in the Cambridge Rise income program. At the American Repertory Theater, 64 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge.

A plea for backyard chickens

Board of Zoning Appeal, 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday. Keepers of backyard chickens Susan and Robert Filene, of Chilton Street in West Cambridge, are before the board seeking a variance to allow the animals to stay while the City Council discusses legalizing them. “Relocating the hens to new owners would be extremely difficult and dangerous to the hens’ health,” the Filenes say. Most councillors seem inclined to pass zoning that lets chickens stay, as neighboring Somerville did years ago, which could make any relocation temporary. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.