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Declan J. Knieriem

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Housing Overlay Roundtable
City Politics

Mayor McGovern Defends Cambridge’s Sanctuary City Status on ‘Fox and Friends’

His comments follow various public statements from Trump that have proposed to release migrant detainees from the United States-Mexico border into sanctuary cities, areas where law enforcement do not actively pursue or detain undocumented immigrants living in the community.

Cambridge City Council

Cambridge City Council Digs Deeper Into Affordable Housing Proposal

The Cambridge City Council Housing Committee discussed the Affordable Housing Overlay proposal at their Tuesday meeting, the latest step in an ongoing process to create more affordable housing in the city.

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Unpopular Opinion: The State of Political Dramas

Too often, political dramas devolve into romantic soap operas, in which the characters’ love lives are somehow more important than anything else.

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City Politics

City Council Backs 100 Percent-Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay

After years of discussions about how to combat Cambridge’s enduring challenges with a lack of affordable housing, City Councillors plan to push for legislation enacting a “100%-Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay” plan in the coming weeks.

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City Politics

Cambridge and Somerville Announce Joint Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

The initiative is a partnership between the two cities and the Cambridge Community Foundation aimed at raising and distributing funds to cover legal costs for immigrants. Funds, in the form of grants, will be distributed to local non-profit organizations.

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What The Hell Happened: Game of Thrones Teasers

Anyone familiar with “Game of Thrones,” or rather with its fans, knows that any small tease of the upcoming season will send them into a frenzy.

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City Politics

City Council Passes Legislation Protecting Trees in Cambridge

Cambridge City Council passed an amendment that will impose a one year moratorium on cutting down trees in the city as part of an ongoing conservation effort at its weekly meeting Monday. The ordinance bans permits for removing trees except in special circumstances, such as for trees classified as “dead” or “dangerous” by the city's arborist.

Harvard Square

Pressley Leads Protest Against Trump’s National Emergency Declaration

United States Representative Ayanna S. Pressley (D-Mass.) joined protesters in Harvard Square in condemning President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a border wall and other immigration policies during a President’s Day rally Monday afternoon.

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‘Big Mouth’ Brings the Love with its New Valentine’s Day Special

Netflix recently released the “Big Mouth” Valentine’s Day Special, “My Furry Valentine,” which is a masterful blend of sharp writing, beautifully crafted awkwardness, and the dulcet tones of Nick Kroll.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

Tree Removal Moratorium Vote Heads Back to City Council

The Cambridge Ordinance Committee voted to send a tree protection amendment back to the City Council at a public hearing Thursday night.

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Cambridge Historical Society Talks Past Community Activism at Annual Meeting

The Cambridge Historical Society held its annual meeting Wednesday, kicking off their 2019 session introducing their theme for the year: “How Does Cambridge Engage.” The event featured guest speaker Karilyn Crockett, an MIT lecturer on public policy who spoke on the historical importance of community activism.

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Cambridge City Council

Harvard Summarizes Campus Development and Statistics in Annual Town Gown Report

Harvard presented its annual Town Gown report to the Cambridge Planning Board Tuesday, outlining 2018 campus infrastructure projects, University initiatives, and affiliate statistics.

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Harvard Square

City Hosts Forum on Harvard Square Kiosk Renovation

Amidst the hustle and bustle of Harvard Square’s daily life, ongoing plans for a complete transformation of the central Harvard Square Kiosk and its surrounding plaza are underway. Designers, architects, and citizens mingled at a public showcase Thursday to view and discuss the project’s progress.

Cambridge City Hall
City Politics

City Council Delays Vote on Tree Removal Moratorium

Dozens of Cambridge residents spoke out in favor of a moratorium on cutting down trees at a City Council meeting Monday, prompting an hours-long debate.

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Cambridge City Council

Thousands of Cambridge Residents Attend MLK Day Community Service Event

Braving strong winds and sub-freezing temperatures, more than two thousand Cambridge residents descended on City Hall and Central Square Monday for Cambridge’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.