Soon we’ll have an edition of Monopoly set in Cambridge, where surging real estate prices and rents leave many residents scrambling annually for a way to stay in town – a delightful reminder of the real-life version they play that can be taken with them when they’re priced out.
I have to conclude that our system of municipal governance is not serving us as well as it might, but how to improve it is a much larger question, and my goal here is to reflect on our work this past term.
There were certainly some challenging times. We had divisive conversations on affordable housing in our neighborhoods and racism in our public schools, and we gathered for far too many vigils. Despite these trials, much was accomplished.
The choice of mayor is made among our nine city councillors, using their votes to benefit themselves immediately or in the future – and possibly not to benefit their constituents. We don’t know.
The License Commission will face scrutiny from the City Council after a series of questionable actions its leadership refuses to answer for, the mayor said. It’s another sign of unease with a commission a councillor says should apologize for acts of possible “retaliation.”