Cambridge Conversations are the precursor to Cambridge’s citywide master plan process. Before the community launches into a multi-year master plan, we need a moment to talk, exchange ideas, and think about the best way to set up a process for the master plan. These initial conversations are open ended discussions to hear concerns, thoughts, and ideas about the master plan and master plan process. The City has hired Kathryn Madden of the Madden Planning Group to help facilitate the Cambridge Conversations. Kathryn has extensive experience with both master planning and community engagement.
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In June 2014, community meetings and workshops are scheduled around the city. If you cannot attend a meeting this month or cannot comment on line, there will be many more opportunities to participate over the next two years. Since we need to hear many voices, everyone can help get the word out and encourage others to participate, especially those who may not have easy access. In a city with 105,000 people, we will need to explore the best way to reach a broad cross section of people, testing a variety of techniques and platforms that communicate in different ways.
To keep the conversation going online the City has engaged CoUrbanize to host a site where the public can post and exchange their ideas.
A city-wide master plan is an exciting endeavor, a time to take stock of where we are today and to consider what kind of city we want to be in the future. Over the next couple of years, we will have the opportunity to discuss our shared values and aspirations. Focused research and data will help inform the dialogue. With ongoing, engaged participation, we will be able to consider the implications of different decisions and create a guide for the long term, sustainable future of Cambridge. A shared plan can be used to inform City decisions as well as decisions made by businesses, property owners, non-profit organizations, institutions, and residents.
If you have ideas that will help shape the master plan process in Cambridge, please be sure to attend one of our community meetings or drop-in sessions scheduled in multiple locations during the month of June 2014. Then stay tuned for Fall 2014 as we continue to discuss issues and priorities and begin to define the scope of the master plan and the selection process for a consultant team to work with the community.
Bring your ideas! Whether we get together to talk in a park, online, or at a meeting, we look forward to a lively conversation.