Join fellow housing advocates at ABC's Strictly Social Meetup April 19th

A Better Cambridge isn’t just about work...we like to have fun too! I wanted to make sure you knew about our next Strictly Social event, coming up next week:

ABC Strictly Social - Wednesday, April 19th - 6:30pm - Tavern in the Square (Porter Square) - 1815 Massachusetts Ave

Please RSVP via our Facebook event, or if you don’t have a Facebook account you can RSVP via our website.

ABC has been busy lately! This winter we successfully advocated for passage of the Central Square Restoration Petition. Last week we celebrated Cambridge’s updated 20% inclusionary zoning ordinance. Recently we’ve joined with housing and community groups from around the region to advocate for short term rental regulations that preserve permanent housing in Cambridge. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about our work in coming weeks...

But next Wednesday's Strictly Social event is a time to let loose and celebrate our hard work! Whether you're a regular at ABC events, you've heard a little bit about us and want to know more, or you just like a good excuse to talk to great people over a beer or three while snacking on some delicious appetizers, this event is for you.

All are welcome! Feel free to bring a friend.

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ACTION ALERT: Tell City Council to Preserve Permanent Housing with Short Term Rental Regulations

As you may have heard, the Cambridge City Council is currently debating the best way to regulate the presence of AirBnB and other Short Term Rentals (STR) in our city. The council’s Ordinance Committee will hold a hearing on this issue next Tuesday.

I hope you will attend the hearing, or write to the Councilors, to demonstrate your support for a draft ordinance limiting STRs to one owner-occupied unit, plus one additional unit on the same property.

Ordinance Committee Hearing on Short Term Rentals
Tuesday, April 4th

3:30 P.M.
Sullivan Chambers
Cambridge City Hall

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NEW DATE: Exploring Housing Demand in Cambridge & Greater Boston with MAPC

UPDATE: Please click here to view slides from Tim Reardon's presentation.

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I am happy to announce that ABC has secured a new date for our March ABC meeting that was postponed due to Tuesday's snow storm. Note that the time and location remain the same:

ABC March Meeting:
Exploring Housing Demand in Cambridge & Greater Boston with MAPC's Tim Reardon

Tuesday, March 28th
6:30 P.M.
at the MIT Stata Center, Room 32-141
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
We'll post signs at the Stata Center to direct attendees to the correct room

Please RSVP to let us know you're planning to come.
RSVP is not required, but will help us ensure the room can accommodate everyone.

As MAPC detailed in regional housing projections issued in 2015, demand for housing across our region expected to grow significantly over the next 25 years. This demand is due not just to new residents moving into our region, but also changing housing preferences of many families already living here, including aging baby boomers looking to downsize from suburban homes into more urban areas near public transportation, services, and amenities.

YIMBYs including A Better Cambridge believe that housing production is critical to provide affordable housing opportunities to families and renters across the income spectrum...but just how much new housing is needed to make an impact? Join us for an insightful presentation to help us better understand housing demand in our community the critical role that housing production plays as we seek to build a more diverse, affordable and sustainable city and region.

Please note that everyone is welcome at ABC general meetings. 

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POSTPONED: Housing Demand & Solutions Forum

Due to the expected storm we have decided to postpone the ABC meeting and presentation with MAPC's Tim Reardon that was originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 14th.  We are working with the presenter and our hosts at MIT to find a new date in the near future.

Stay tuned to this email list or our website or Facebook page for details on the rescheduled date.

Please stay safe during the storm.

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ABC February 2017 Newsletter: Attend Our March Meeting to Hear from MAPC about Regional Housing

After years of decline, population in the Greater Boston region is growing and is expected to continue to grow for years to come. YIMBYs like A Better Cambridge believe that housing production is critical to provide affordable housing opportunities to families across the income spectrum, but just how much new housing is needed to make an impact?

Join ABC for our March general meeting as we hear from Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) who has been studying these questions for years. He'll present MAPC's housing projections for Cambridge to help us better understand the critical role that housing production plays as we seek to build a more diverse and sustainable city and region.

ABC March General Meeting

Tuesday, March 14th

6:30 P.M.

at the MIT Stata Center, Room 32-141

32 Vassar Street, Cambridge

 Everyone is welcome at ABC general meetings!

NEWS AND UPDATES

MIT announced its plans for the redevelopment of the Volpe Center site. The plans include 1,120 housing units along with office space and retail.
Cambridge Chronicle

After an increase in construction of multifamily housing in past years, the number of permits issued for 2016 fell sharply in cities and towns around Boston. This is a worrying sign for housing affordability in the region.
Boston Globe

UPCOMING EVENTS

There will be a public meeting to discuss the redevelopment of 55 Wheeler Street in Alewife which would include 20% below market rate housing on Wednesday, March 1st at 7 pm. The meeting will take place at the Beth El Temple Center at 2 Concord Ave. in Belmont.

The City will be hosting two public forums to help shape the search for the next Police Commissioner. The forums will be held on:
Thursday, March 2, 2017, from 6-8 p.m., School Committee Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway.
Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.,
Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Avenue.

The City will be hosting free document shredding at City Hall on Saturday, March 11th, 9:30-11:30 am.

There are multiple Envision Cambridge meetings in March and April. Information and dates are here.


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ABC March Meeting: Join us to learn from MAPC about housing demand in our region

After years of decline, population in the Greater Boston region is growing and is expected to continue to grow for years to come. YIMBYs including A Better Cambridge believe that housing production is critical to provide affordable housing opportunities to families and renters across the income spectrum...but just how much new housing is needed to make an impact?

Join ABC for our March general meeting as we hear from Tim Reardon, Data Services Director at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) who has studied these questions. Tim will present MAPC's housing projections for Cambridge and Greater Boston to help us better understand the critical role that housing production plays as we seek to build a more diverse, affordable and sustainable city and region.

ABC March General Meeting
Tuesday, March 14th
6:30 P.M.
at the MIT Stata Center, Room 32-141
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge
We'll post signs at the Stata Center to direct attendees to the correct room

Please RSVP to let us know you're planning to come.
RSVP is not required, but will help us ensure the room can accommodate everyone.

Remember, everyone is welcome at ABC general meetings. 
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ACTION ALERT: Tell City Council to vote YES on Central Square Restoration Petition

After months of advocacy by ABC and our supporters, the Cambridge City Council is now poised to approve the Central Square Restoration Petition at tonight's meeting.

I’m asking you to take two final actions to ensure this important petition passes:

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ACTION ALERT: Next Steps for More Housing in Central Square

Two weeks ago I asked you to take some important actions to help increase housing in Central Square. Now I need you to go a step further.

Please attend Thursday’s City Council Ordinance Committee and speak in favor of the Central Square Restoration Petition/Sater Petition:

Thursday, February 2nd
3:00 P.M.
City Council Sullivan Chambers
Cambridge City Hall

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ACTION ALERT: Act Now for More Housing in Central Square

We all know that Cambridge and Greater Boston face a housing affordability crisis.

Over the years, multiple planning studies and commissions have agreed: transit-accessible Central Square is the right place to create higher density communities that provide more housing for Cambridge families.

I need you to take three actions right now to ensure that Cambridge and Central Square remain on the path towards a more vibrant and affordable community.

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ABC January 2017 Newsletter: An Important Central Square Proposal and a YIMBY Social

NEWS AND UPDATES

A citizen’s petition to reform zoning in Central Square is slowly moving forward as the City Council referred the petition to the Ordinance Committee. The petition would be an important step in bringing more housing to the area along with other improvements.
Cambridge Chronicle

The discussion over changes to Harvard Square including the possible closure of the Out of Town News kiosk was featured in the New York Times.
NY Times

A Boston University annual survey of American mayors highlighted the increasing focus on poverty and inequality in cities across the country.
Boston Globe

The city is seeking volunteers for the new City Manager's Advisory Committee. The committee will consist of 12-15 volunteers and meet at least quarterly. Applications are due February 17th.
City of Cambridge

UPCOMING EVENTS

ABC is hosting a strictly social meet up to bring together YIMBY activists across Greater Boston on Thursday, January 26th from 6:30-9:00 at Cambridge Brewing Company at One Kendall Square.
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The first public meeting for Inman Square intersection improvements will take place on Tuesday, January 24th from 6-8 PM at Cambridge Hospital, 3rd Floor, 1493 Cambridge Street.


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According to Smart Growth America, only three metro areas, Colorado Springs, Portland, ME, and Madison, were safer for pedestrians than Greater Boston.

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