City Politics

City Politics

City Approves MIT-Proposed Kendall Square Renovation

Following six years of negotiations and public meetings, the Cambridge City Planning Board approved MIT’s plans for a massive renovation of Kendall Square that aims to revitalize the area and attract more research companies.

Western Avenue
City Politics

Criticized for Lack of Transparency, Boston Redevelopment Authority Applies a Fresh Coat of Paint

Backed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BRA is seeking a facelift after reforming its management structure, neighborhood planning, and community outreach.

Nadeem Mazen at danger!awesome
City Politics

Nadeem Mazen at danger!awesome

Nadeem Mazen, a Cambridge City Councillor, poses for a photo at his startup called danger!awesome in Central Square. Mazen graduated from MIT in 2006 and founded his startup shortly after.

Nadeem Mazen at danger!awesome
City Politics

Call Him Nadeem: Cambridge's Unconventional Politician

One thing is certain: Nadeem A. Mazen is not a traditional politician.

Allston Campus Rendering
City Politics

Harvard's $1 Billion Science Complex Approved by BRA

​The Boston Redevelopment Authority, the city's urban planning body​, unanimously voted to approve Harvard’s proposed $1 billion science and engineering complex on Thursday, nearly a decade after the agency gave its approval to the University’s first iteration of the building in 2007.

Crime

City Council Meeting Focuses on Increasing Affordable Housing

At its Monday meeting, the Cambridge City Council tackled issues ranging from the affordable housing crisis, to a potential medical marijuana dispensary, and prescription drugs disposal.

Michelle A. Rhee at the IOP
College

Former D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Defends Policies

Michelle Rhee, former Chancellor of the Washington D.C. Public Schools and founder of the StudentsFirst advocacy organization​, reflected on the challenges she faced and the criticisms she received for her education policies while in office.

Harvard-Allston Task Force Meeting
City Politics

Analysis: Harvard’s Flexible Fund Slow to Get Off the Ground

​From now until 2023, Allston residents will have a difficult decision to make—how to best spend $5.35 million of Harvard’s money.

City Politics

Lobbying Bill Reveals City Council Split

​In a contentious debate harkening back to last year’s election, the Cambridge City Council sent a resolution to committee which could potentially institute municipal lobbying regulations.

City Politics

Alumni in Boston Government Disprove Harvard Stereotypes

Although the Harvard name is sometimes accompanied by negative stereotypes off campus, Michelle Wu ’07, President of Boston’s City Council, said these potential stereotypes have not negatively affected her time in office.

World Figure Skating Championships Come to Boston
City Politics

World Figure Skating Championships Come to Boston

Evan Bates lifts Madison Chock during the short dance competition of the 2016 World Figure Skating Championship held in Boston.

From the Archives: Harvard Students Protest the Vietnam War
City Politics

From the Archives: Harvard Students Protest the Vietnam War

Fifty years ago this week, Harvard students were among 11 demonstrators arrested for attempting to stage a sit-in at the now-closed South Boston Army Base.

Gone But Not Done
City Politics

Cambridge City Councillor Runs for State Senate

​Cambridge City Councillor Leland Cheung announced plans last week to seek higher office in the Massachusetts Senate, the upper body of the Commonwealth’s legislature.

Divided We Fall: When Police and Communities Collide
City Politics

Experts Discuss Failures of Justice System at JFK Jr. Forum

A diverse group of panelists discussed the faults of America’s current justice system in light of the growing number of fatal conflicts between police officers and individuals in minority communities Tuesday at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.

Super Tuesday
College

Cambridge Votes for Kasich Over Trump

Businessman Donald J. Trump may have won the Republican primary in Massachusetts last Tuesday, but in Cambridge, Ohio governor John R. Kasich was the winner.