Discretionary Budget

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I submitted a PO so that innovative, resident-facing web projects, community engagement projects, and other urgent needs can be implemented by the City Council and City Manager more quickly. I think we shouldn’t have to wait a year or more for the formal budget process and many others fear this will be used as a slush fund for the council—a …

Fab 11 and the Foundry Building

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WHEREAS:   The Fab 10 conference in Barcelona was a forum featuring 250 Fab Labs (Fabrication Labs)— small-scale educational spaces, combining design thinking, hands-on STEAM curricula, manufacturing skills, and innovative technologies—from 40 countries around the world; and WHEREAS:   One of the main attractions of the Fab 10 conference was the transformation of a space nearly 10,000 square feet in size …

Grown Up Playground Policy Order

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WHEREAS:     Adult playgrounds are large scale creative installations, consisting of games, music venues, performance space, and interactive exhibits built in urban centers that are intended to foster community and provide a public space for area residents to interact; and WHEREAS:     Cities such as Beijing, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, New York City, and Boston have installed Adult Playgrounds to community acclaim and …

Human Services Portal Grant

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COUNCILLOR MAZEN WHEREAS:     The Patrick Administration developed the Community Innovation Challenge grant program in 2012, in order to encourage municipal innovation and regionalization efforts; and WHEREAS:     In three years, the program has invested $10.25 million in 74 unique projects from over 240 municipalities across the Commonwealth; and WHEREAS:     Projects funded by the CIC program support the development of initiatives at …

Piano in the Park Policy Order

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COUNCILLOR MAZEN WHEREAS:     In New York City’s Bryant Park, a street piano is maintained by public and private contributors such as Sam Ash, the Local 208 Musicians Union, the Jazz Center of New York and the Music Performance Trust Fund serving as an attraction to both tourists and lifelong residents; and WHEREAS:     Cambridge and Boston have a significant professional music …

Bicycle Safety Moves Forward

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Last week, I met with several city officials involved in the bicycle masterplanning process, including Cara Seiderman of the Community Development Department (leading the charge), the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department, our City Manager, and the Deputy City Manager. We delved into cycling issues and covered topics such as sidewalk bumpouts, examples of successful bicycle infrastructure, general bike safety, and …

Exchanging Places Policy Order

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COUNCILLOR MAZEN Whereas: Cambridge has a burgeoning cycling population, with bicyclists a consistent feature on the city’s main roads; and Whereas: Large trucks are an unavoidable hazard for cyclists, and many bicyclists do not know how to handle the danger presented by truck drivers while riding on main roads; and Whereas: A program like London’s Exchanging Places, where cyclists have …

Living Will Phone App Policy Order

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COUNCILLOR MAZEN Whereas: A Living Will is an important legal document that specifies what actions should be taken in the event of terminal illness or indefinite life support; and Whereas: A Living Will ensures that in the event of terminal illness or injury, the victim’s personal wishes regarding the removal of life support and the conduct of other difficult decisions …

Youth Center Policy Order

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Whereas: Cambridge Youth Centers offer diverse and high quality programs that promote leadership, athleticism, and youth development; and   Whereas: Youth Centers provide a safe-haven for teenagers to learn, grow socially, and develop positive social values outside the school day; and   Whereas: Youth centers provide an essential source of emotional and moral support for neighborhood especially in situations of …

Galaxy: Earth Sphere Policy Order

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Whereas: The Galaxy: Earth Sphere sculpture and fountain at the intersection of Main and Broadway has been a landmark in Kendall Square since its construction in 1989, when it was commissioned by the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, MIT, MBTA, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, and the City of Cambridge; and Whereas: The current property owners of the Galaxy: Earth Sphere are the …