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.
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.
The scope of the bike lane mandate is so broad and complex that the City Council might reasonably have put it on the ballot for residents to vote on in a municipal referendum before acting on it. We are finally starting to see the beginnings of the kind of vigorous, contentious, factual debate that is needed for democracy to work and that we as Americans expect.