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Cambridge City Council

For Local Media, Small Staff Cover Busy Cambridge

​For a city of just over 100,00 residents, Cambridge boasts a surprising number of media outlets dedicated to covering local news, with little if any paid staff.

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.

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Tackles State and National Politics

Cambridge City Council waded into broader state and national issues at its meeting this Monday, passing two resolutions—one questioning the Massachusetts State Seal and the other admonishing recent North Carolina legislation regarding the BGLTQ community.

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.


Council Committee Gives Medical Marijuana Proposal Favorable Recommendation

​Sage Cannabis is one step closer to opening its proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Cambridge following a televised hearing in which city councillors questioned the company’s CEO regarding the safety of his proposed site.

Pot Proposal
City Politics

Marijuana Company Eyes Joint Near the Square

​Cambridge residents will soon be able to legally purchase medical marijuana if Sage Cannabis has its way. The dispensary company has leased a location near Harvard Square, but faces a hazy road ahead because of Cambridge zoning laws.

Out of Town News Stand
Harvard Square

City Council Debates Harvard Square Renovation

​The Cambridge City Council was divided as members debated a $4.5 million proposed renovation to Harvard Square’s Out of Town News Kiosk and surrounding plaza at the council’s weekly meeting on Monday evening.

Unintentional Opiod Deaths in Massachusetts
City Politics

Cambridge Discusses Plans for Overdose Treatment

With increasing rates of fatal heroin and opioid-related overdoses in Cambridge, City Councillors are discussing policies that may help alleviate the growing epidemic, including expanding funding for treatments and supporting statewide legislation.

Gone But Not Done

Cambridge City Council Backs GSAS Student Union Effort

In a resolution passed unanimously, the Council reiterated its “strong support” for the efforts to gain collective bargaining rights for graduate students at Harvard.

All Hail
Cambridge City Council

New App Introduced Amid Debate on Ride-Sharing Services

Taxis in Greater Boston have recently partnered with “Curb,” a ride-hailing app similar to ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, in an effort to remain competitive.

City Politics

Cambridge Considers Reykjavik, Iceland as Sister City

Cambridge officials have begun the process of forming a sister city relationship with Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, after the passage of a City Council order last month.

Traffic in Harvard Square
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge Rental Prices Spike in 2015

​Cambridge residents saw double digit percentage increases in property values and rent for homes and apartments last year—a sharp rise that has City Council officials debating how to soften the blow.

City Politics

City Council Tables Resolution to Rename Columbus Day

​The Cambridge City Council tabled a resolution to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the third time this year in as many meetings, on Monday

Devereux's Concerns
Harvard Square

Students, Alumni Concerned Over Potential MBTA Cuts

Students and alumni expressed concern for the potential shuttering of MBTA late night service following last week’s public meeting at Cambridge City Hall.

City Politics

Cambridge City Council Denounces Right-Wing Media Outlet

In a resolution passed last month, Cambridge’s City Council publicly denounced the right-wing media organization for spreading what it called “anti-Muslim libel” after the outlet published an article asserting that a City councillor has ties to the Islamic militant group Hamas.