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Empty Chamber
City Politics

Cambridge City Council Calls On Harvard to Return Human Remains of Enslaved People, Native Americans

Following reports last week that Harvard University holds the human remains of at least 19 individuals who were likely enslaved and nearly 7,000 Native Americans, the Cambridge City Council adopted a policy order urging the University to relinquish the remains to their descendants during a Monday meeting.

Yi-An Huang ’05
City Politics

Yi-An Huang ’05 Selected by Council to Serve as Cambridge’s Next City Manager

The Cambridge City Council selected Yi-An Huang ’05 to serve as the next city manager on Monday, concluding a months-long search to hire the city’s next top official.

Cambridge Housing Crisis
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Waitlist is Over 20,000 Names Long. How Did the City Get Here?

According to the Community Development Department, in 2021, Cambridge contained about 57,500 homes. Of these, around 8,500, or about 15 percent, are considered income-restricted housing. And the waitlist for these affordable homes? More than 20,000 names long. How did Cambridge get here?

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge Begins Evaluating Candidates for Next City Manager

An initial screening committee composed of Cambridge City Councilors, representatives from community organizations, and local residents has begun meeting to evaluate candidates for Cambridge’s next city manager, the city’s most powerful government post.

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge

Cambridge to Fund Third-Largest Guaranteed Income Program in the U.S.

The City of Cambridge will spend nearly $22 million of federal funding on direct payments to low-income Cambridge families, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui announced Wednesday.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge Has $88 Million in Federal Relief Funds. Now, Officials Face a Daunting Question: Where Should it All Go?

The City of Cambridge currently has access to $88.1 million in federal funds, much of which has gone unspent. Now, the city faces the daunting task of deciding where it goes.

Alewife
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Inches Closer to Moratorium on Office and Lab Developments in Alewife

The Cambridge City Council is poised to institute a moratorium on office and lab development in the Alewife neighborhood of Cambridge for the next year and a half, allowing the city time to weigh options for rezoning in the area.

City Council Meeting
City Politics

Cambridge City Councilors Debate, Delay Vote on Mass. Ave. Bike Lane Proposal

On Monday, the Cambridge City Council discussed a proposal to construct bike lanes on parts of Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard Square and North Cambridge, ultimately delaying a vote until later in the month.

City Council Meeting
Cambridge

Cambridge City Council Recommends Eliminating Minimum Parking Requirements for Developers

A Cambridge City Council committee unanimously recommended a policy order eliminating minimum requirements for off-street parking spaces for new developments during a virtual meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge Planning Board Evaluates Two Climate Change-Related Zoning Proposals

The Cambridge Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend adding an emissions accounting section to the city’s zoning code to combat climate change during a virtual meeting Tuesday evening.

Siddiqui Interview
City Politics

Moving Beyond ‘Pandemic Mayor’: Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui Talks Goals for Second Term

With her second term well underway, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui said in a Thursday interview that she hopes to break out of the mold of “pandemic mayor.”

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge City Council

City of Cambridge Eliminates Local Tax on Recreational Cannabis

The Cambridge City Council unanimously passed a policy order repealing a three percent “Community Impact Fee” tax on recreational marijuana in a meeting Monday evening.

City Council Meeting
City Politics

Bike Lane Delay in Porter Square Stirs Conflict in City Council Meeting

A delay in the construction of bicycle lanes in the Porter Square neighborhood of Cambridge stirred disagreement among residents in a Cambridge City Council meeting Monday evening.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Cambridge City Council Releases Leadership Profile for Next City Manager

The Cambridge City Council released a draft leadership profile for Cambridge’s next city manager during a Wednesday afternoon meeting. The profile stresses the “opportunities and challenges” the new manager will face with regards to housing, transportation, and climate.

Cambridge City Hall
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Officials Discuss Universal Pre-K

Members of the Cambridge City Council and the Cambridge School Committee discussed the long road to implementing universal pre-school during a joint roundtable discussion Monday afternoon.

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