Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

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 Redevelopment Authority (CRA) to increase the square footage of the MXD district by approximately 1 […]

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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% of all of the power produced in Massachusetts and we need to make up that […]

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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 1st, intends to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 11 First Street (also known as One […]

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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 to go into effect soon, and it’s important to understand what you might need to […]

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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 next three years, construction on the Longfellow is going to have a major effect on […]

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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 has officially withdrawn its application for a Chapter 91 license from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.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 without those facility modifications, Global won’t be shipping ethanol by rail through Cambridge and Somerville. […]

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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 from the City and Commonwealth to make our dog parks even better. The City’s dog […]

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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 a reality. The Metropolitan Planning Organization has released a proposed draft for Amendment Four to the […]

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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 a migration to an online application. What sort of changes? That’s a little complex for […]

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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 to build a better life. Over the last thirty years, the rise in the cost […]

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