About The CRA


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 multi-cultural, 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 the 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 afterschool 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.



The Cambridge Residents Alliance represents a citywide network of individuals and households formed to preserve and improve the quality of life for Cambridge residents. The organization holds regular General Meetings and periodic Public Forums.

Many members are affiliated with other Cambridge neighborhood and residential organizations including thehe Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods, Alliance of Cambridge Tenants, the Area Four/Port Coalition, Essex Street Neighbors Association, Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association, Fresh Pond Residents Alliance, Neighborhood Association of East Cambridge, Riverside Neighborhood Association, and the Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Association.

The organization's  activities include keeping members informed of proposed major real estate development and transit projects in Cambridge,  and muncipal ordnances and actions that may impact the quality of life for residewnts. We also monitor the major up-zoning petitions designed to weaken current zoning laws. This information empowers local residents to testify at Planning Board Hearings and City Council Ordinance Committee hearings, and City Council meetings. The Alliance holds monthly meetings open to all concerned with the health of our Cambridge community.

The Cambridge Residents Alliance is actively supporting the Keep Cambridge Livable petition campaign. You can sign this petitions right here on our website. Additional materials are available on our Resources page.

The organization is registered as a non-profit corporation with the Secretary of State of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and operates as a "Civic League or Organization" promoting social welfare under the 501(c4) category of the US Internal revenue Service.

The Alliance has no paid staff but is maintained by volunteers.

The Communications  Committee responsible for the content of this website includes  Luis Rieman (webmaster),  Mike Connolly, Jonathan King, Nancy Ryan, Lee Farris, Jackie Dee King,  Shelley Rieman, and Paul Steven Stone, advised by Rich Goldberg (Area 4/Port Coalition).

Organizations are for identification only; Communications Committee members serve as individual volunteers.

You can contact us at <[email protected]> or write to the Alliance at:

Cambridge Residents Alliance
PO Box 90487
Cambridge, MA 02139


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