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.

Harvard Square Reopening
Harvard Square

As Massachusetts Reopens, Harvard Square Businesses Regain Lost Momentum

After a year of uncertainty, Harvard Square business owners are looking forward to welcoming more tourists and students to the Square in the next few months, now that Covid-19 vaccines are readily available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Graduate School of Education
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.

Police at Memorial Hall
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.

Michelle Wu Standout

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.

State House
Cambridge Fire Department

Mass. Bill Spurred By Harvard Alum Would Mandate Fire Safety Training at All Schools, Universities

A bill in the Massachusetts State Legislature spearheaded by a Harvard alum would require all students enrolled in the state’s schools and colleges — including Harvard — to complete fire safety training.

Intersection Near 180 Western Ave
Harvard in the City

Construction Mitigation, Beautification Top of Mind at Barry’s Corner Development Meeting

In their fourth virtual meeting with the Harvard-Allston Task Force Tuesday, the developers of  180 Western Ave. shared updated plans for mitigating construction and fostering public spaces. Some task force members and locals, however, remain worried about the impact that construction at Barry’s Corner might have.

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.

PILOT Payments
Harvard in the City

PILOT Payments

Local activists and elected officials are attempting to reform the state's Payment in Lieu of Taxes programs.

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.

Massachusetts State House
Harvard in the City

Proposed Mass. Bill Would Make PILOT Payments Mandatory for Harvard, Other Institutions

The Massachusetts House is considering a bill that would make the previously optional payments which supplanted city property taxes for nonprofits such as Harvard mandatory.

Location of Proposed Drain Pipe
Harvard in the City

Harvard-Funded North Allston Drainpipe Expansion Confronts Political Challenge

As the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Harvard proceed with the North Allston Storm Drain Extension Project — an estimated $50 million endeavor that the University has pledged to fully fund — local politicians, residents, and environmental groups have called for further investigation into its potential environmental impacts.

Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
City Politics

With Cambridge’s Vaccine Supply Still Severely Limited, Mayor Acknowledges ‘Frustrations’ With Shortage

In an interview with The Crimson Friday, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui acknowledged residents’ and city leaders’ “frustration” over the limited supply of Covid-19 vaccines, which has hampered city distribution efforts.

Allston SEC Construction
Harvard in the City

Sustainability, Public Space of Barry’s Corner Development Steer Discussion at Harvard-Allston Task Force Meeting

The Harvard-Allston Task Force and the developers of the Harvard-owned land at 180 Western Ave. mulled the project’s public spaces and sustainability at a virtual meeting Tuesday.

Cambridge Department of Public Health
City Politics

Despite Statewide Move to Phase 4, Cambridge Will Remain in Current Reopening Phase

Cambridge will remain in Phase Three of its reopening plan despite the state’s decision to move forward to Phase Four on March 22, Cambridge Chief Public Health Officer Claude Jacob announced Monday.