The City Council on Monday evening April 7 considered an important policy order #14 initiating a Master Plan process, introduced by Councilors Dennis Carlone, Nadeem Mazen, and Denise Simmons.
The order calls for the City Council to take pro-active leadership in the development of a comprehensive citywide Master Plan, in collaboration with neighborhoods and concerned residents. This process will integrate efforts to address the need for affordable housing, for improvements in the traffic and transit infrastructure, and for measures to ensure our growth follows a healthy and sustainable path.
A competing order has been introduced by Councilors Maher, Benzan and McGovern, which follows the current policy of delegating development decisions to the Community Development Dept. and City Manager. This continuation of the status quo is failing us, and will continue to do so without a more democratic and coordinated process led by our elected representatives on the City Council. The old way of proceeding has led to development problems in East Cambridge, Fresh Pond/Alewife, Central Square, and other parts of the city.
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Cambridge Residents Alliance represents individuals and neighborhood organizations committed to preserving and promoting a livable, affordable, and diverse Cambridge community.
We believe the innovative and creative character of the Cambridge economy derives in part from the multicultural, cooperative and inclusive social fabric of our city, which needs to be protected, not dissolved.
We support preserving, enhancing and expanding our public and affordable housing.
We believe that choking of travel on streets, buses and trains through over-development is not in the interest of the community.
We value sunlight, sky views, and our very limited open community spaces and parks, and seek to limit shadowed canyon-like streets from over-size buildings.
We believe traffic has to be limited to levels such that children can go to and from school and after-school activities safely.
We oppose the construction of high-rise buildings designed primarily to make large profits for developers.
We need continuing comprehensive urban planning efforts to improve the quality of life and work for Cambridge residents.
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