Category Archives: Policy

Thoughts on Volpe and CRA Up-Zoning

Two zoning petitions are currently before the City Council that will dramatically increase the development potential in Kendall Square and East Cambridge. The first is best known as the Volpe Rezoning and the second is a petition by the Cambridge … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Closure Creates Opportunity to Boost Renewable Energy Production

The announcement last month of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station’s closure, the only nuclear power plant in Massachusetts, is a great opportunity to increase the amount of electricity the Commonwealth generates from renewable energy sources. Pilgrim is the source of 14% … Continue reading

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Cambridge Medical Marijuana Dispensary Application Misrepresented Local Support

Last Friday afternoon I sent a letter to the Department of Public Health in regards to an application to open a medical marijuana dispensary in East Cambridge. The Greeneway Wellness Foundation, which was granted a provisional certificate by the Department on February … Continue reading

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The Affordable Care Act: What It Means For You

In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law. Sometimes called “Obamacare,” the law is big, complex, and the subject of far too much political punditry. Whether you approve of the law or not, its major provisions start … Continue reading

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Everything You Need to Know About the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project

Curb cuts, median removals, and traffic mitigation have already begun on the Longfellow Bridge rehabilitation project. The project is extremely complex, involving the reconstruction of a century-old bridge and the brick-by-brick refurbishing of its iconic salt-and-pepper-shaker stone towers. Over the … Continue reading

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Ethanol-by-Rail Plans Withdrawn

Global Petroleum Corp. has officially withdrawn its application for a Chapter 91 license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Without a Chapter 91 license, Global can’t modify its facility in Revere to accept shipments of ethanol by rail. And … Continue reading

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Every Dog Park Has Its Day

The City of Cambridge is looking for a few good dog lovers. All you have to do to apply is send a letter of interest to the Cambridge Department of Public Works, and you’re in the running to help officials … Continue reading

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Public Comment for Transportation Improvement Plan

The Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP) is a document designed to guide the Commonwealth’s long-term infrastructure planning. It’s not exactly scintillating reading and most people have probably never heard of it, but it’s an important step in any transportation project becoming … Continue reading

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Changes to MassDOT’s Community Transit Grant Program

MassDOT’s Community Transit Grant Program is undergoing some important changes. The program allows organizations to apply for funding to better serve low-income, elderly, and disabled individuals, and the Department of Transportation wants everyone to be aware of the changes, including … Continue reading

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Gov. Patrick Does the Right Thing on In-State Tuition

15,000 people. If you remember nothing else about Gov. Patrick’s recent decision to extend in-state tuition rates to some undocumented immigrants, remember that number: 15,000. That’s how many of our neighbors can now afford a college education and a chance … Continue reading

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