Teachers and administrators have been offered an effective salary increase way under current levels of inflation, be evaluated based on test scores and are being asked to take on bigger class sizes and give up consultation on transfers. They’re even being asked to accept assignments as bus and sidewalk and cafeteria monitors.
Though some sectors and groups of businesses are beginning to find their footing again post-pandemic, it’s vital for municipal government and organizations such as Cambridge Local First to help smaller companies – especially those in the hospitality space, and women and economically disadvantaged owners.
If the city allows clinics such as ours to be kicked from neighborhood to neighborhood based on the whims of an unrepresentative slice of neighborhood activists, Cambridge would be just like any other community where the wealthy and entrenched can run roughshod over the marginalized.
Converting the needed portion of drivers from gas to electric within less than eight years is unlikely to happen unless more people are willing to think outside the box – the metal boxes called cars – and to another “e-” option with great potential to reduce emissions, congestion and traffic deaths: the e-bike.
How should we allocate space on our streets in a way that allows the most people to get around safely and conveniently, while meeting our critical climate goals? That’s the question at the heart of the city’s ongoing conversation about how best to redesign Massachusetts Avenue through the Porter Square area.