Aerial view of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

What Is Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Overlay?

A controversial policy is helping create more affordable housing units in the Massachusetts city, but fears of overwhelming density are likely unfounded.

February 18, 2024 - The Crimson

Cambridge Bike Lane

Parking Requirements Eliminated in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A major zoning amendment was approved by the Cambridge City Council on Monday, October 24, 2022.

October 25, 2022 - The Crimson

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The Thinking Behind Cambridge's Affordable Housing Overlay

A podcast discussion with Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui details how and why the Massachusetts city become a planning trendsetter by adopting an Affordable Housing Overlay earlier this year.

April 21, 2021 - Land Matter Podcast

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100 Percent Affordable Overlay: Next Up for Berkeley's Reform Movement

After moving forward with parking and zoning reforms, the Berkeley City Council is also considering a new Affordable Housing Overlay on a model previously adopted in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

March 5, 2021 - Beyond Chron

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Rezoning Every Residential Neighborhood in Cambridge for Affordable Apartment Buildings

Cambridge, Massachusetts has opened all residential neighborhoods to the development of apartments buildings with 100 percent affordable units. It might be the most "sweeping attack on elitist and racist single family zoning" in the country.

October 13, 2020 - Wicked Local

Allston Interchange

Imagining Alternatives to an Enlarged I-90 Viaduct in Boston

Massachusetts Department of Transportation plans to heighten and widen the Allston section of I-90 viaduct do not align with the community's desire for an environmentally friendly and pedestrian- and cycling-oriented new solution.

August 31, 2020 - CommonWealth

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Tech Execs Call for More Public Transit Funding in the Boston Region

A Red Line train recently derailed on the T in Boston, providing the latest example of the need for drastic measures to course correct public transit in the region.

June 28, 2019 - The Boston Globe

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Ending Rent Control Changed Everything in Massachusetts. What Happens If It Becomes Legal Again?

Two proposed bills would roll back a statewide prohibition on rent control in Massachusetts. The city of Cambridge, how of the anti-rent control movement in the state, is now a poster child for the housing crisis.

April 30, 2019 - The Boston Globe

Protected Bike Lane

New Bike Infrastructure Standard Set in Cambridge

Cambridge, Massachusetts has made a thorough commitment to building robust bike infrastructure with every street repair project.

April 9, 2019 - Streetsblug USA

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Cambridge Won’t Reach Goals to Curb Car Ownership

The city’s original plan to decrease car ownership isn’t quite panning out, even with more alternative transportation options for residents.

February 24, 2019 - The Boston Globe

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Boston Bridge Separated Bike Lane Might Get the Ax This Winter

MassDOT and cycling advocates don’t agree on what should happen to the Longfellow Bridge’s bike lane in the coming months.

December 17, 2018 - The Boston Globe


Pedestrian Scrambles Benefit Everyone Using Streets

While not yet widely implemented in the United States, scramble intersections make life considerably safer and easier for pedestrians and drivers.

November 30, 2018 - Strong Towns

Hubway Bikeshare

Bikeshare 'Border War' Breaks Out in Boston

Private dockless bikeshare companies are encroaching on territory controlled by public, docked bikeshare companies.

May 20, 2018 - The Boston Globe

Hubway Bikeshare

Boston's Bikeshare System Gets a New Partner, Rebranding

Blue Cross will pay $18 million for a six-year sponsorship of the Boston-area bikeshare system formerly known as Hubway.

March 21, 2018 - Boston Business Journal


How Cycling Can Help the Disabled Stay Mobile

In the U.K. university town of Cambridge, more than a quarter of disabled commuters travel by bike.

January 4, 2018 - The Guardian

Harvard Square

The Community Takes Ownership of Harvard Square

Harvard Square bears the name of a prestigious private university, but it's still public space. More community organizations are taking a role in determining its future in an era of change for the historic location.

November 26, 2017 - Harvard Magazine

Harvard Square Denizens Worry About Proposed Mall Development

Harvard Square in Cambridge is facing another round of developments, and residents are worries the changes could come at the expense of the character of the famous location.

January 2, 2017 - The Boston Globe

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Showdown Looming in Cambridge Over Inclusionary Zoning

The city of Cambridge has until April to decide on a proposed policy that would greatly expand the number of affordable units required in new development projects.

December 29, 2016 - The Boston Globe


A Christmas Gift From Cambridge: A 'Watch for Bikes' Sticker

Drivers get a sticker for their rear view mirrors, and bikers get the gift of knowing that people behind the wheel share the responsibility for road safety.

December 25, 2016 - The Boston Globe

MIT campus

Free Wi-Fi Network Launches Around Kendall Square in Cambridge

It wasn't easy, but a broad swath of Cambridge, Massachusetts will now have free Wi-Fi Internet. The effort required a partnership between several institutions and organizations to come to fruition.

November 30, 2016 - MIT News

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