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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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.


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.



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