News

What You Need to Know About the Vision Zero Action Plan

The city released a detailed plan earlier this month for how it will eliminate traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries, after pledging to adopt Vision Zero in 2016. Vision Zero got its start in Sweden in the late 20th century, according to the City of Cambridge website, and has since disseminated throughout the world. Cities come […]


CRLS Black Student Union Takes to the Press

Members of the Black Student Union, which was resurrected at Cambridge Rindge and Latin this school year, will launch a news publication focusing on the lived experiences of students of color this February. Students were inspired to start The Volume by Frederick Douglass’s anti-slavery publication, The North Star, and by the Black Panther Party’s newspaper. […]


City Opens Winter Warming Center

Cambridge opened a warming center on Tuesday that will provide an alternative to shelters for the city’s homeless population during the coldest months of the year. The city found that despite the many local human services organizations, people were falling through the cracks, according to Shelly Chevalier, planning and development manager for the department of […]


EF Education First Brings Public-Private Partnership to the ‘Lost Half-Mile’

EF Education First took another step in revitalizing what was once known as the “lost half-mile of the Charles River” this fall when it broke ground on a 300,000-square-foot, 12-story building with dedicated public space and amenities in Cambridge’s North Point neighborhood. Cambridge is home to the North American headquarters of EF, a 52-year-old, family-owned […]


Cambridge to Enter Regional Housing Partnership

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are teaming up to tackle Greater Boston’s housing crisis. The two mayors will work with representatives from 14 cities and towns in the region, including Cambridge, to meet booming housing needs as people flock to Boston and its surrounding areas. “Our entire region is facing and […]


Participatory Budget Finalists Announced

Cambridge is gearing up to select its Participatory Budget projects for FY19, and this time the city has $800,000 to play with. Officials narrowed a record-breaking 608 ideas down to 20 that community members can vote on from Dec. 2-8. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects—typically related to infrastructure—that community members select to improve […]


Are Publicly Funded Elections Viable in Cambridge?

City Councilor Nadeem Mazen can still remember representatives of special interest groups approaching him on the street to offer him funding during his 2013 campaign. “I would have folks who passed me on the street and say, ‘Nadeem it’s election season, I’ve got to give you that max contribution,’” Mazen says. When he declined, Mazen […]


Furnishing Hope Finds a New Home

Furnishing Hope, a nonprofit that works with recently housed families to make sure they have the essential furniture for their homes, is moving into Harvard Square this month. Furnishing Hope works with several agencies in Greater Boston to identify people who are transitioning out of homelessness or situations involving domestic violence. When people are in […]


City Council Considers Fund for DACA Recipients

The Cambridge City Council will discuss a policy order on Monday night that would establish a fund to aid Cambridge DACA recipients. The policy order comes after President Donald Trump announced a six-month-delayed ending of the Obama-era program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The deadline for current […]


In 2018 Participatory Budget, More Residents Than Ever Put Their Mouth Where Their Money Is

When budget delegates convene next week to discuss 2018’s Participatory Budgeting proposals, they’re going to have their work cut out for them. This is the fourth PB cycle, which invites the community to decide how a portion of the city’s capital budget is spent. Ideas are organized into seven categories: culture and community facilities, education, environment, parks and […]


Cambridge Has Increased Affordable Housing Requirements. Now What?

For the first time since 1998, Cambridge City Council voted on April 3 to increase mandatory affordable housing requirements for new developers. Beginning June 30, developers will be required to make 20 percent of total new units built affordable units, up from 15 percent. The measure comes after years of effort from activists and council […]