Russell Apartments residents know the value of affordable housing; it is a lifesaver for our community members who could not otherwise afford to live in Cambridge. But the residential building proposed for next door would sacrifice our affordable housing community for its own.
People may be nervous about living in a communal setting under coronavirus, but these days assisted living is a highly controlled environment with strict safety, sanitizing, screening and testing protocols in place to keep residents, staff and visitors safe. A worse impact of Covid is loneliness.
It is important that neighborhood groups be independent of the city, as we sometimes represent our members against them. We act in the best traditions of our First Amendment rights. It is problematic that the policy order claims the city has the right to tell us specifically how to do so.