nadeem mazen

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 […]


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 […]


Newly Formed Advocacy Group Looks to Support Immigrant Rights at the City Level

Cambridge is a city of immigrants. Out of a total population of 106,844, an estimated 30,075 residents—28.15 percent—are foreign born, according to 2010- 2014 data from the U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey. That makes the city one of the top communities in Massachusetts for immigrant populations—perhaps unsurprising, given that City Council unanimously reaffirmed Cambridge’s […]


Minimum-Wage Workers Fight for 15

Cambridge is a progressive city—it’s not known as the People’s Republic for nothing. And yet, Cambridge is also a city divided, split between haves and have-nots. For workers trying to get by on the minimum wage, the city can seem less like a forward-thinking haven and more like a prohibitively expensive dream world. The high […]


With your help, danger!awesome expands

danger!awesome, Central Square’s iconically eclectic makerspace/workshop/science Hogwarts, has just announced plans to move into a space five times the size of their current shop and expand their educational offerings in an equally big way. More info–and how you can help–after the jump.