Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Challenger running for City Council for the first time

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Background: Software project management and experiential education | Focuses: Housing affordability and improving bike lanes


Q&A

Compiled by Matt Rocha

Brown is a community organizer interested in urban planning, climate resiliency, supporting families and governmental transparency. He has a background in experiential education and software project management. He is a graduate of Princeton.

Housing: “The city reports that there are 6,000 graduate students who compete for market-rate housing in Cambridge. [The universities] need to house them. It’s as simple as that. They need to come up with solutions for that problem.”

Climate policy: “I think everyone agrees that the goal of decarbonizing is good. I would support [Beudo waivers for nonprofits and historic buildings]. I think the challenge is that the oldest buildings are often the least energy-efficient, and so we can actually save some of these organizations real money if we can help them ultimately comply. I think the challenge is that we need to come up with robust incentives.”

Road infrastructure: “I support the broad vision laid out in the city’s Bicycle Network Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan. However, I also believe that the city’s perceived lack of community outreach has led to frustration, and that the bike lane designs to date are confusing for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers alike.”

Pet project: Brown is an advocate for rezoning. He co-chaired the City’s Climate Zoning Task Force and worked on the Alewife rezoning.

Participatory budgeting: 

Construction of permanent public toilet facilities for all our parks, playgrounds, and squares.

Favorite place: Glacken Field during Little League season.