Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Challenger running for City Council for the first time

The candidate’s website


Background: Commercial lending and municipal bond finance, strategic planning and business development | Focuses: Streets that work for all; affordable housing for persons at all income levels; fiscal transparency and accountability


Q&A

Compiled by Matt Rocha

Pickett has a background in commercial lending and health care, having worked for Standard & Poor’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a past president of the Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Association and past chair of Cambridge Streets for All. She has lived in Mid-Cambridge for 26 years.

Housing: “The current proposed amendments called AHO2 significantly increase building height to 12 to 15 stories, allow for increased density, removing front and side setbacks, trading increased height for green space and no parking and have the potential to materially change the character and livability of our neighborhoods and city.”

Climate policy: “I think we had this conversation upfront, and we should have exempted religious institutions [from Beudo] so we don’t put any more administrative burden on our staff. Beudo created an immense amount of work … This seemed like an easy one for us to tackle upfront and exclude from the requirements.”

Road infrastructure: “Right now, our conversation has only been around separated bike lanes. But they are just one part of the city’s complex transportation discussion … Right now we have a one-size-fits-all approach and we should bring in engineering and design assistance that recognize specific needs of different locations.”

Pet project: Pickett advocates for streets that work for all businesses and neighborhoods. She wrote about the dangers of e-bikes in CommonWealth Magazine. 

Participatory budgeting: 

“I’d like to use funds to install benches at all bus stops so seniors, persons with disabilities and everyone else can be comfortable while waiting for a bus.”

Favorite place: Joan Lorentz Park. It is a beautiful neighborhood and civic green space.