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The Engine expands, responding to rapid growth of “tough tech”

The expansion, in collaboration with MIT, will extend and amplify the progress of the thriving innovation ecosystem in Cambridge and the greater Boston region. Central to the effort will be the renovation of the existing building at 750 Main Street to serve as a new hub for tough-tech growth, with the capacity to accommodate approximately 100 companies and 800 entrepreneurs. The initiative will accelerate the development of next-generation technology by providing the vital infrastructure and resources necessary to accommodate fast-growing startups throughout the region.
 

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Renders and news on this one:


When it's done in the Spring it gets Tosci's back, plus a restaurant, a rooftop bar, and a tearoom/bakery.
 

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Quick Tour of Cambridge St (Cambridge)

1500 Cambridge St
Slated to become 3 condos - can't find information on internet


Vellucci Plaza (Inman Square Redesign)


305 Webster Ave
BLDUP Article






1055 Cambridge St
Special Permit Application - this passed the planning board several months ago.
(Not much movement, maybe the orange fencing is newish)




Cambridge St Upper School (and bike path)
BLDUP Article
Officially open, I think










855 Cambridge St
Former site of Sunset Cafe before it burned down and displaced 22 residents, Jan 14th 2019
(Also view of new bike track)
Article
 

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Check out this ad I came across on facebook to sign a petition against the zoning increase at the galleria mall, wow

https://www.cambridgepetition.com/?fbclid=IwAR3c3nQTVGS1VhLLejTz7eiRS48yaeNtRx3X8rd9asDt8Dr68zPHc4w7OzE
I will be setting up a counter-petition against the NIMBYs. Im getting very tired of this.

I suggest everyone send something through: https://www.cambridgepetition.com/contact


I responded: "
I dont think you realize what exactly i happening here with this development.

For starters,

1) Adding height to this building will increase density here in Cambridge MA. Why is this a bad thing? It increases the economic output of the city of Cambridge and generates more money for the city of Cambridge.

2) You complain about traffic from lowering the commercial unit space. Do you care to realize that commercial spaces produce about 3x more traffic than a single residential unit? The ratio is even higher in this part of Cambridge considering >75% commute via the T, Bus, Cycle or Walking. So adding more commercial over residential pace INCREASES traffic further. This particular redevelopment plan WONT increase traffic??? Reducing some of the unnecessary mall space and replacing it with labs and units for nearby workers will significantly DECREASE traffic... NOT increase it.

3) Boston area is considerably short of residential space and seriously has an issue with housing... and the jobs are going to keep pouring in. This part of Cambridge sits just a mile away from the CBD heart of Boston. In any other major city, 1 mile from the CBD has >50 meter buildings, bustling streets and mixed use units. Why should Boston stay behind the times to appease your provincial selves?

INSTEAD of complaining about much needed development here in the Greater Boston Area... how about you utilize this energy by petitioning for better public transportation? Ho about you petition for the Grand Junction to get up and running? Connecting South and North Stations? Expanding the Red Line to Lexington? Making a Blue/Red Connector? You see.. you cant stop development and this whole project will happen. You and the 3% who dont like it need to start putting energy into the right places. Development projects WONT increase Traffic.... especially in a city of 22,000 people per square mile by the time this will be completed. Paris has 60,000 people per square mile but you know what they have and we dont? A Good Transportation system. So stop wasting everyones time complaining about height and redevelopment of a dead mall.. and start fighting the right battles because clearly you are damn clueless about urbanity, redevelopment plans and worse of all What causes traffic. Im appalled you reside in the same town as MIT and Harvard...

Help the rest of us build a better interconnected Boston.. stop separating us!"
 
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Keep fighting the good fight!

I will be setting up a counter-petition against the NIMBYs. Im getting very tired of this.

I suggest everyone send something through: https://www.cambridgepetition.com/contact


I responded: "
I dont think you realize what exactly i happening here with this development.

For starters,

1) Adding height to this building will increase density here in Cambridge MA. Why is this a bad thing? It increases the economic output of the city of Cambridge and generates more money for the city of Cambridge.

2) You complain about traffic from lowering the commercial unit space. Do you care to realize that commercial spaces produce about 3x more traffic than a single residential unit? The ratio is even higher in this part of Cambridge considering >75% commute via the T, Bus, Cycle or Walking. So adding more commercial over residential pace INCREASES traffic further. This particular redevelopment plan WONT increase traffic??? Reducing some of the unnecessary mall space and replacing it with labs and units for nearby workers will significantly DECREASE traffic... NOT increase it.

3) Boston area is considerably short of residential space and seriously has an issue with housing... and the jobs are going to keep pouring in. This part of Cambridge sits just a mile away from the CBD heart of Boston. In any other major city, 1 mile from the CBD has >50 meter buildings, bustling streets and mixed use units. Why should Boston stay behind the times to appease your provincial selves?

INSTEAD of complaining about much needed development here in the Greater Boston Area... how about you utilize this energy by petitioning for better public transportation? Ho about you petition for the Grand Junction to get up and running? Connecting South and North Stations? Expanding the Red Line to Lexington? Making a Blue/Red Connector? You see.. you cant stop development and this whole project will happen. You and the 3% who dont like it need to start putting energy into the right places. Development projects WONT increase Traffic.... especially in a city of 22,000 people per square mile by the time this will be completed. Paris has 60,000 people per square mile but you know what they have and we dont? A Good Transportation system. So stop wasting everyones time complaining about height and redevelopment of a dead mall.. and start fighting the right battles because clearly you are damn clueless about urbanity, redevelopment plans and worse of all What causes traffic. Im appalled you reside in the same town as MIT and Harvard...

Help the rest of us build a better interconnected Boston.. stop separating us!"
 

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I will be setting up a counter-petition against the NIMBYs. Im getting very tired of this.

I suggest everyone send something through: https://www.cambridgepetition.com/contact


I responded: "
I dont think you realize what exactly i happening here with this development.

For starters,

1) Adding height to this building will increase density here in Cambridge MA. Why is this a bad thing? It increases the economic output of the city of Cambridge and generates more money for the city of Cambridge.

2) You complain about traffic from lowering the commercial unit space. Do you care to realize that commercial spaces produce about 3x more traffic than a single residential unit? The ratio is even higher in this part of Cambridge considering >75% commute via the T, Bus, Cycle or Walking. So adding more commercial over residential pace INCREASES traffic further. This particular redevelopment plan WONT increase traffic??? Reducing some of the unnecessary mall space and replacing it with labs and units for nearby workers will significantly DECREASE traffic... NOT increase it.

3) Boston area is considerably short of residential space and seriously has an issue with housing... and the jobs are going to keep pouring in. This part of Cambridge sits just a mile away from the CBD heart of Boston. In any other major city, 1 mile from the CBD has >50 meter buildings, bustling streets and mixed use units. Why should Boston stay behind the times to appease your provincial selves?

INSTEAD of complaining about much needed development here in the Greater Boston Area... how about you utilize this energy by petitioning for better public transportation? Ho about you petition for the Grand Junction to get up and running? Connecting South and North Stations? Expanding the Red Line to Lexington? Making a Blue/Red Connector? You see.. you cant stop development and this whole project will happen. You and the 3% who dont like it need to start putting energy into the right places. Development projects WONT increase Traffic.... especially in a city of 22,000 people per square mile by the time this will be completed. Paris has 60,000 people per square mile but you know what they have and we dont? A Good Transportation system. So stop wasting everyones time complaining about height and redevelopment of a dead mall.. and start fighting the right battles because clearly you are damn clueless about urbanity, redevelopment plans and worse of all What causes traffic. Im appalled you reside in the same town as MIT and Harvard...

Help the rest of us build a better interconnected Boston.. stop separating us!"
I just submitted a response, too. I was wondering how to comment on how backwards this was without signing their stupid petition.
 

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I just submitted a response, too. I was wondering how to comment on how backwards this was without signing their stupid petition.
Although I think the energy and sentiment is great, frankly I'm not sure the authors of the petition have the self-awareness to even consider your point of view. (I'd be happy to be proven wrong though!)

My understanding of the (byzantine, incumbent-favoring) process by which new large development happens in Cambridge is as follows:
1. Initial presentation to neighborhood groups
2. Pair down and incorporate feedback, add "neighborhood benefits"
3. Release initial full proposal
4. Pair down and incorporate feedback, add "neighborhood benefits"
5. Present to planning board
6. Pair down and incorporate feedback, add "neighborhood benefits"
7. Submit to council (ordinance committee) for approval

etc. I'm sure I missed some steps and legal requirements. I think these usually make more than one round to neighborhood groups. For the Cambridgeside proposal, whose thread is here, the proposal didn't make it to the ordinance committee.

If you view development as something more than a new shadow on your lawn, and believe it has real benefits to large groups of people, then the earlier you get involved in this process the better. Unfortunately, the neighborhood groups are often toxic hive-minds, so I don't fault people for not wanting to be a part of that. I myself don't feel comfortable going to them.

My suggestions would be to get involved by writing the developer and asking how to support or incorporate your comments. Other than that, making public comment at the planning board or ordinance committee hearings (the latter being more important, but the former coming first) is very helpful. Be prepared to be called names nonetheless. I'll try to keep an eye on the Cambridge dates and post it to this board.

Also!! There is a Cambridge city council election this year, and A Better Cambridge Action Fund will be endorsing a slate of candidates (not released yet). There is a candidate forum today: abettercambridge.org/2019_candidate_forum

Because Massachusetts requires a super-majority to pass zoning changes, we need 6 councillors (of 9) to pass these spot zonings, or larger actions like the Affordable Housing Overlay (AHO). We currently do not have enough reliable pro-housing people on the council to do so (for the AHO, 5/9).
 

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