May Newsletter: The City Council Approves New Housing, But There is More to Be Done

With summer weather arriving, ABC hopes everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Below please find the May ABC Newsletter.

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On Monday night the City Council voted on the Mass + Main development proposal after months of discussion. The proposed zoning passed 7-2. While the addition of new housing, including significant affordable units, is welcome, the City must move forward with other measures to increase the housing supply. This includes adopting C2 recommendations and exploring other policies to facilitate increased housing within Cambridge.

For more information on why many in the city support this proposal please read the recent letters by Carolyn Fuller and Ellen Schachter in the Cambridge Chronicle.
Carolyn Fuller
Ellen Shachter

The Broadband Task Force appointed by City Manager Richard Rossi to "examine options to increase competition, reduce pricing, and improve speed, reliability and customer service for both residents and businesses" has begun meeting. More information about the task force is here:
City of Cambridge

ABC member Saul Tannenbaum helped instigate this task force and shares his thoughts about what Cambridge should do:
Connecting Cambridge: Reinventing a Free, Fair, and Open Internet

The Cambridge Community Development Department completed a community review process of the draft scope and deliverables for the citywide master plan that is underway. More information about the initiative including a schedule for the three year project is available here:


The next A Better Cambridge general meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd at 7 pm. Location TBD.

May brings the return of farmers markets all over the city. You can view the schedules and locations of the markets on the city website.
City of Cambridge

Fresh Pond Day is Saturday, May 30th from 11am - 3pm.
Fresh Pond Day

The 35th Cambridge Arts River Festival will take place Saturday, June 6th from noon to 6 pm in Central Square.
River Festival



According to the Census, as of 2011, 11.6% of commuters in the Boston Metro area used public transportation to get to work compared to 5% nationwide.