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Lawrence S. Bacow
City Politics

Bacow Defends Harvard’s Engagement in Allston as Residents, Officials Criticize Development Plans

University President Lawrence S. Bacow on Tuesday defended Harvard’s engagement with residents and officials in Allston, where the school has received forceful pushback from elected leaders and civic organizations about its development plans in the area.

Allston Sign
City Politics

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus Developer Pledges Transportation Improvements

As the Boston Planning and Development Agency proceeds with its review of Harvard’s proposed Enterprise Research Campus, developers, University representatives, and Allston residents met virtually Tuesday to discuss plans to improve local transportation.

Boston Preliminary Elections Ballot Drop Off
City Politics

Harvard’s Michelle Wu ’07, Annisa Essaibi George Victorious in First Round of Mayoral Election

Boston City Councilors Michelle Wu ’07 and Annissa Essaibi George won Boston’s preliminary mayoral election Tuesday and will advance to the November general election.

Cambridge City Council Meeting
City Politics

Cambridge City Council To Explore Reparations for Slavery, Restitution for War on Drugs

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed two policy orders to provide restitution to Cambridge residents impacted by the War on Drugs and to explore a reparations pilot program to address slavery and racial discrimination.

Allston and Charles River
City Politics

Allston Residents, Environmentalists Convene to Discuss Impacts of Harvard Development

Environmental advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association held a forum Monday focusing on the impact of Harvard’s Enterprise Research Campus on the Charles River and the region’s environment more broadly.

Cambridge City Council Meeting
City Politics

Cambridge City Council Meeting

The Cambridge City Council meets for its weekly Monday evening meeting on September 13.

Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr.
City Politics

CPD Commissioner Leaves With Mixed Reviews, Steps Into Role Heading Controversial New Police Force

As Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. leaves the department for Johns Hopkins University, Cambridge residents and City Council members recalled a tenure of mixed results.

Agassiz neighborhood
City Politics

City Council Approves Baldwin Neighborhood Name, Replacing Agassiz

The Cambridge City Council on Aug. 2 unanimously approved the renaming of the Agassiz neighborhood north of Harvard to honor Maria L. Baldwin, the first Black female principal in the Northeast.

Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard Jr.
City Politics

Cambridge Police Commissioner Bard to Leave Department for Johns Hopkins University

Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville G. Bard, Jr. is leaving the department for Johns Hopkins University, where he will lead the school’s security department as its new vice president for public safety.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge City Council Begins Hiring Process for Next City Manager

The Cambridge City Council’s Government Operations, Rules & Claims Committee began the process of hiring a new city manager at a meeting Tuesday morning.

City Council Meeting
City Politics

City Council Votes to Terminate Contracts With Companies Allegedly Violating Human Rights, Drawing Criticism from Harvard Jewish Leaders

The Cambridge City Council voted to end its contract with companies that “perpetuate violations of International Human Rights Laws” during a Tuesday meeting that followed more than seven hours of public comment the previous day.

Cambridge City Hall
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.

Michelle Wu Standout
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Michelle Wu ’07 Touts Youth Organizers, ‘Foundational’ Harvard Law Experience at Press Conference

Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu ’07, a leading candidate in this fall’s Boston mayoral election, discussed her campaign platform and Harvard influences in a virtual press conference held Monday evening.

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.

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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