Preliminary crime numbers for the past year became available Monday, showing an overall increase in incidents of 8 percent over 2019, with violent crimes down but property crimes up – tempered by the fact that 2019 saw the lowest rate of crime in the city in more than 60 years.
Residents living in Cambridge public housing developments are dying from Covid-19 in disparately high numbers, accounting for a far higher percentage of deaths than their proportion of the total population. Their burden is coming to light as deaths from the virus begin to mount.
The entire city should look forward to the conversation around an empty lot at 35 Cherry St. in The Port neighborhood, which has been targeted for a conversation about what kind of affordable housing it will become. It represents progress in a dialogue that has seen none since May 2016.
Months after the city identified three neighborhood “hot spots” with high Covid-19 infection rates and placed testing sites in those areas, officials have promised for the first time to mount a targeted campaign to tell neighborhood residents of the testing opportunities.