March Newsletter: Spring Thaw Brings New Discussion for Cambridge and the Region

Congratulations/Condolences on surviving what is officially the snowiest winter on record. Spring officially arrives on Friday. Below you will find the March ABC Newsletter.

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DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

ABC released a housing statement calling on the city to create 8,500 housing units by 2030 with at least 20% of the units affordable to low-, moderate-, and middle-income families.
A Better Cambridge Housing Statement

The city is suing the owners of the abandoned Vail Court seeking unpaid fines and a cease in the use of the property as a commercial parking lot. The bulk of the fines result from a $10 per day per parking space fine, yet another way the city underprices parking.
Cambridge Day

MBTA ridership reached record levels in 2014 with 400 million rides.
WBUR

UPCOMING EVENTS

The next A Better Cambridge general meeting will take place on Thursday, April 2nd at 7 pm Location TBD.

The Boston Foundation presents its Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2014-2015 on Wednesday, March 18th at 8:30 am.
The Boston Foundation

The library is hosting planner Jim O’Connell to share his historical overview of Boston’s Metropolitan development on Thursday, March 19th at 6:30 pm.
Cambridge Library

On Wednesday, March 18th at 6:30 pm at the Fitzgerald Theatre, Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Boston 2024 presents its plan for Boston to host the 2024 Summer Olympics to the Cambridge community. ABC member Saul Tannenbaum has analyzed the impact on Cambridge here:
CCTV Cambridge 2024

The Housing Committee will conduct a public hearing to provide an update and continue discussion on the incentive zoning study from the Community Development Department on Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 5:30 pm in the Sullivan Chamber.

The voting for the participatory budget initiative will take place from March 22nd-28th.
Full particpatory budgeting information here

The Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue discussions on the Normandy/Twining Zoning petition on Wednesday April 1st at 4:00 pm in the Sullivan Chamber.


LINKS OF INTEREST

DID YOU KNOW?

As of 2013, Somerville had a population density of 19,221 people per square mile compared to 16,686 for Cambridge.

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