Thank you Cambridge Community Television for hosting this:
The Council voted on the Volpe Project last Monday and I was happy to vote in support. I believe that this site will beneficial to our community. I have been a long time advocate of the Grand Junction Path which MIT has committed to helping come to fruition. Also besides the commitment to the Grand Junction, there is also a commitment to 280 units of affordable housing, a 25 million community center, 1.5 million to support the job connector program which will help our students utilize the opportunities in Kendall Square. There is also a 8.5 million commitment to transit improvements and open space opportunities for our community. And also due to the recent increase in linkage fees this site will be generating 26 million to the Affordable Housing Trust.
Throughout this entire process, community engagement was a priority for me. I started the MIT Volpe Working group that produced excellent results. I also believe that MIT did an excellent job engaging the community and continuously taking feedback and improving upon their plans.
I was proud to vote in support and I believe that this site will benefit our community greatly.
a rendering of the open space at the corner of Third and Binney courtesy of MIT
I believe that Cambridge should be a welcoming and inclusive city for people from all backgrounds; and that everyone should be able to make a good life for themselves in this wonderful community.
I’m particularly proud of an op-ed that I wrote in January of 2016 for Wicked Local Cambridge, and I wanted to share it here.
We are currently facing a crisis of inequality, and I do not want Cambridge to become a city of the haves and the have nots. We will need bold and creative solutions to ensure that people from all walks of life can thrive here.
Please read the op-ed here and let me know what you think – I am always available to hear from you.