We are so lucky to live in Cambridge. Let's work together to make it even better.
Champion smart zoning and development so that Cambridge remains affordable for everyone.
- Prioritize a City-Wide 100% Affordable Housing Overlay that would allow Cambridge to keep and attract more middle-income families and enable affordable housing developers (especially nonprofits) to better compete with private developers.
- Insist that the city budget include $20 million each year for the next five years, to develop more affordable housing.
- Reform our zoning codes to promote mixed-income developments and address our areas of concentrated poverty so that all neighborhoods are economically and racially diverse, and so that we can lead a national movement for an Economic Fair Housing Act.
- Support the important work of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tenant Displacement to enact tenant protections, fight displacement, and provide new revenue to meet these goals.
- Require our local universities to house 75% of its graduate students over the next 10 years.
- Create plans for developing city-owned parking lots into workforce housing so that our middle income families and individuals can stay in Cambridge, and begin discussions with private owners of parking lots for the same purpose.
- Explore ways to offer property tax exemptions to encourage small property owners to offer below-market rents, or for developers to prioritize workforce housing and family-sized units.
- Identify abandoned buildings and vacant lots, and work with the property owners to develop long-term development plans to stave off blight; evaluate a potential zoning ordinance that would add tax increases for properties that have been abandoned or vacant for 5, 10, and 15+ years.
- Establish a Voluntary Action Fund for Housing Affordability that would ask our local corporate employers, venture capital/private equity community, major institutions, nonprofits, and benevolent residents to help finance more workforce housing.
- Establish a Community Contract Enforcement office so that developers are held accountable for their final projects, specifically so that the community's negotiated requirements have been implemented.
- Ensure that our zoning codes and project approval processes are not overly burdensome to residents requesting small-scale changes to their homes.
- Amend the zoning code to more easily allow artists to create live/work spaces, thereby keeping a vibrant community of artists in the city.
Advocate for high-impact initiatives and funding that address our city’s rising inequality and inequities.
- Advocate for universal daycare to support the modern, two-working parent family and the 18% of children and nearly 40% of single mothers living in poverty in Cambridge.
- Guarantee that all children have access to affordable after-school programs and a full slate of summer camp activities by 2020; family income should not be a barrier, though today, many low-income Cambridge families say it is.
- Conduct an evidence-based, government-wide audit to understand how our current policies and systems may perpetuate the racial opportunity gap; the Government Alliance on Race & Equity (GARE) is working with more than 50 governments across the country, including Boston, to acknowledge our country's long history of racial inequity and restructure our systems so that our government works for everyone.
- Ensure that all low- and moderate-income families are forming support networks of empowerment and building savings, key factors in long-term financial stability.
- Establish a Task Force on College Success with the goal of raising the six-year college graduation rate of CRLS students from 30% to 60% over the next 10 years.
- Expand the Community Engagement Team (CET) to full-time positions so that each liaison is fully equipped to support and advocate for the needs of our immigrant and minority residents within city programs, our schools, and partner providers.
- Increase the city's diversity procurement spending, especially construction, to 35% within 5 years because it has been proven that anchor institutions are critical for creating opportunity for minority SMB owners.
- Ensure that the Port, Wellington/Harrington, and East Cambridge receive a substantial amount of the Community Benefits (linkage fee funds) from the development happening in the backyards of these neighborhoods and where many of our high-need residents live.
- Ensure that the city is partnering with essential nonprofit providers so that they are able to deliver high-quality programs to our critical communities.
Maintain high-quality city services and city infrastructure
- Enthusiastically support the Cambridge Bike Plan to create safe roads and infrastructure for cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers; as a bike commuter and road cyclist for 10+ years, I've seen the huge increase in ridership and urgent need to add protected lanes, separated lanes, "sharrows," and supporting infrastructure like bike racks and pumping stations across the city.
- Require that all new commercial and large residential buildings install solar panels or green roofs.
- Investigate adopting a shared parking system that would more efficiently maximize our available parking at all hours and for a range of uses.
- Prioritize bus infrastructure and rapid transit options (like dynamic lanes during rush hour) to encourage more predictable and efficient bus/public transit usage.
- Invest in Cambridge’s parks and recreational uses, especially the Charles Riverfront - a true gem of Cambridge - which should be significantly enhanced for residents to enjoy and as a safe route for bike commuting.
- Encourage green infrastructure such as preserving and planting more trees, installing green roofs, using more permeable surfaces, and employing rainwater harvesting systems - for city projects, new developments, and residents.
- Identify pilot programs to practice evidence-based policy-making, so that we better understand which programs are helping us achieve our community's goals and are leading to better outcomes for children, adults, and families.
- Implement a performance management program throughout city government, similar to the CitiStat system already successful in Lowell, Newton, and Somerville, to establish measurable goals and use data to track progress.
- Support continued expansion of the curbside composting program, which will reach about half of households by 2020 and will keep us on target to reduce our trash volume 80% by 2050.
- Initiate Phase II of the Municipal Broadband Task Force to address our broadband monopoly and digital equity problems.
- Propose using a texting system to alert residents if their car is about to be towed for street cleaning or otherwise.
- Better understand demand for keeping libraries open later, and then devise a plan for doing so if the need is present.
- Advocate for more benches across the city so that our senior citizens have more opportunities to be outside.