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Cambridge City Manager Yi-An Huang '05

Yi-An Huang '05 was sworn in as Cambridge's city manager on Tuesday.


Harvard, MIT Students Denounce Schools’ Push to Use Global Carbon Offsets to Satisfy Proposed City Requirement

Ninety students from Harvard and MIT penned an open letter Wednesday supporting Cambridge’s proposed Green New Deal legislation while criticizing the two universities’ push to use global carbon offsets to satisfy the proposed emission reductions without paying compliance fees.


Cambridge City Council Calls On Harvard to Return Human Remains of Enslaved People, Native Americans

Following reports last week that Harvard University holds the human remains of at least 19 individuals who were likely enslaved and nearly 7,000 Native Americans, the Cambridge City Council adopted a policy order urging the University to relinquish the remains to their descendants during a Monday meeting.


Meet the Finalists to Become Cambridge’s Next City Manager

With the upcoming departure of Louis A. DePasquale in July, the search for the next Cambridge city manager — the most influential government post in the city — is well underway. The Initial Screening Committee, composed of four City Councilors and 15 Cambridge residents, has narrowed down its list of potential candidates to four finalists. The City Council will publicly interview each of the candidates on June 1 and will vote on the next city manager during its meeting on June 6.


Iram Farooq

City Manager Finalist Iram Farooq — the only candidate currently working in the city government — describes Cambridge in her candidate questionnaire as “a mecca of learning, an engine of innovation, of commerce, and economic opportunity.” All of this, she writes, makes Cambridge “uniquely positioned to lead.”


Norman Khumalo

City Manager Finalist Norman Khumalo said he is driven to Cambridge as a “community in transition” in his candidate questionnaire. Cambridge, he wrote, is “pursuing contemporary ideals and in some cases losing ground on gains achieved in the past.”


Cheryl Watson Fisher

Affordable housing, climate change, universal pre-K, and equity — these are just a few of the issues that Cambridge City Manager Finalist Cheryl Watson Fisher said she hopes to tackle if appointed in June.


Proposal to Limit Memorial Drive Weekend Closures to Sundays Sparks Resident Backlash

Cambridge City Councilors debated a proposed policy order limiting the weekend closures of Memorial Drive to Sundays during its meeting Monday night. In advance of the meeting, a petition circulated by Cambridge Bicycle Safety collected nearly 2,200 signatures in opposition to the change.


Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Waitlist is Over 20,000 Names Long. How Did the City Get Here?

According to the Community Development Department, in 2021, Cambridge contained about 57,500 homes. Of these, around 8,500, or about 15 percent, are considered income-restricted housing. And the waitlist for these affordable homes? More than 20,000 names long. How did Cambridge get here?


Cambridge Begins Evaluating Candidates for Next City Manager

An initial screening committee composed of Cambridge City Councilors, representatives from community organizations, and local residents has begun meeting to evaluate candidates for Cambridge’s next city manager, the city’s most powerful government post.


Cambridge Has $88 Million in Federal Relief Funds. Now, Officials Face a Daunting Question: Where Should it All Go?

The City of Cambridge currently has access to $88.1 million in federal funds, much of which has gone unspent. Now, the city faces the daunting task of deciding where it goes.


Cambridge City Council Inches Closer to Moratorium on Office and Lab Developments in Alewife

The Cambridge City Council is poised to institute a moratorium on office and lab development in the Alewife neighborhood of Cambridge for the next year and a half, allowing the city time to weigh options for rezoning in the area.


Cambridge City Councilors Debate, Delay Vote on Mass. Ave. Bike Lane Proposal

On Monday, the Cambridge City Council discussed a proposal to construct bike lanes on parts of Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard Square and North Cambridge, ultimately delaying a vote until later in the month.


Cambridge Planning Board Evaluates Two Climate Change-Related Zoning Proposals

The Cambridge Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend adding an emissions accounting section to the city’s zoning code to combat climate change during a virtual meeting Tuesday evening.


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