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City Politics

‘A Real Power Imbalance’: Conflict Within Cambridge City Government

On May 11, during an otherwise ordinary meeting of the Finance Committee, a dispute erupted between the Cambridge city manager and a city councilor. Disputes like this are common as the balance of power has shifted toward the former in recent decades.

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Cambridge City Hall

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Ed School

As Massachusetts High Schoolers Return to In-Person Instruction, HGSE Experts See Challenges Ahead

Massachusetts students in lower grades returned to school buildings in early April, and middle school students followed suit a few weeks later. With the return of high school students on May 17, The Crimson interviewed multiple HGSE professors to understand the difficulties posed by the transition.

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Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Councilor’s Police Demilitarization Proposal Sparks Debate Among Politicians, Activists

The Cambridge City Council earlier this month rejected a policy order on police demilitarization proposed by Councilor Quinton Y. Zondervan that sparked bitter debate among both activists and politicians in Cambridge.

Rush in the Streets
Crime

Pedestrian Suffers Serious Injuries in Memorial Drive Crash on Monday

A driver struck a pedestrian on Memorial Drive near Dunster House around 9 p.m. Monday, resulting in serious injuries to the pedestrian.

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Harvard in the City

Student-Run Homeless Shelter Y2Y Maintains Reduced Operations Under Covid-19 Safety Measures

Y2Y Harvard Square, a youth homeless shelter staffed by Harvard students, has continued to accommodate guests under modified protocols this semester despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while also recruiting volunteers online and facilitating vaccine distribution for guests and staff.

Location of Proposed Drain Pipe
City Politics

Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Stakeholders Weigh Embattled North Allston Drainpipe Expansion

Boston Water and Sewer Commission chief engineer John P. Sullivan justified the BWSC’s plans to proceed with the controversial Harvard-funded North Allston Drainpipe Expansion Project in a virtual meeting with local politicians, Allston residents, and University representatives Monday.

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Crime

Harvard Affiliates Report Being Victims of Anti-Asian Attacks

As violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders has spiked since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, two Harvard affiliates said they experienced verbal and physical attacks in Cambridge.

Cambridge Wealth Inequality Graph
City Politics

New Report Details Severe Income Gap Amid Economic Growth in Cambridge

As Cambridge’s innovation sector experiences rapid growth, a stark income gap has deepened for the city’s most vulnerable residents, according to a new report released earlier this month by the Cambridge Community Foundation.

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City Politics

As Momentum Builds For PILOT Reform, Local Advocates Host Town Hall

Massachusetts Action for PILOT, a coalition of local advocacy groups focused on reforming PILOT, invited elected officials and residents to discuss H. 3080 and H.D. 2068, the two bills intended to reform PILOT.

Fridge in the Square
City Politics

A ‘Financial Vaccine’: Cambridge Launches Guaranteed Income Pilot Program

Cambridge will pilot a guaranteed income program, doling out $500 no-strings-attached monthly payments to 120 eligible, low-income families for 18 months starting in August.

Campbell Siddiqui Endorsement
City Politics

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui Endorses Andrea Campbell for Boston Mayor

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui endorsed Boston City Councilor Andrea J. Campbell in her bid to become mayor of Boston on April 5, citing Campbell’s dedication to advancing equity.

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City Politics

Missing Middle Housing Petition Seeks To Allow for More Multi-Family Housing Construction in Cambridge

A new affordable housing proposal, titled the "Missing Middle Housing Petition,” has ignited debate over the role of single-family homes in Cambridge.

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City Politics

Local Vaccine Supply Shortages Continue to Hamper Cambridge as Rollout Continues

Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob said local vaccination efforts remain hampered by supply shortages, despite federally run sites having recently received more doses.

Pitman Model of Harvard as It Was in 1775
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Pitman Model of Harvard as It Was in 1775

This 1947 photo shows the Pitman diorama of Harvard in 1775 looking down Cambridge Common. The year before campus became quarters for American militiamen amid the Revolution, Harvard Yard had only a dotting of colonial buildings.

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