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In fall of 2021, the City began Our Cambridge Street, a planning study for Cambridge Street between Inman Square and Lechmere Station. Cambridge Street was identified in Envision Cambridge as an area where sensitive and sustainable growth could provide opportunities for affordable housing; support local retail and service providers; enhance opportunities for walking and bicycling; and improve the public realm, among other community interests and benefits.

The City will work with the community to craft a shared vision for Cambridge Street based on an inclusive and transparent engagement process. Stay tuned for upcoming meetings and events.

For additional information, contact Drew Kane at dkane@cambridgema.gov or 617-349-4640.

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Cambridge Street, the results are in! Read the Round 3 Public Engagement Summary

The planning team held two in-person events on May 6th and 7th at the Valente Branch Library on Cambridge Street. The input exercises were put into an online tool that was available for the entire month of May. We gathered feedback on a draft Vision Statement for Cambridge Street and draft ideas to achieve that vision.

In all, about 350 people shared their thoughts on the draft vision and ideas. We've summarized and organized the feedback into an engagement summary sheet and engagement summary report, so whether you had a chance to participate or not, you can see what those in the Cambridge Street community had to say!   

Highlights: 88% of participants supported a vision for creating a Cambridge Street that is Inviting, Local, Affordable, Accessible & Resilient by:

  • Creating a modern street with a mix of uses
  • Helping businesses activate store fronts
  • Encouraging a mix of unit types to support different household sizes and stages of life
  • Adapting Cambridge Street for Climate Resiliency

Community Engagement Updates

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We received an amazing amount of feedback so far. We've heard from residents, business owners, visitors, workers, and students. We learned what you like about Cambridge Street; what you think could be improved; and how it suits your daily needs.

Here are some highlights by the numbers:
  • Over 100 attendees at two Community Pop-Up Events at Valente Branch Library (Photo Gallery)
  • 30+ interviews (neighborhood organizations, business owners, institutions, social service providers, city staff)
  • Almost 750+ survey respondents to the Our Cambridge Street survey
  • 100 attendees at our first virtual public meeting (Slides)
  • Over 100 attendees at our virtual community visioning session (Slides)
  • Over 80 attendees at our third virtual public meeting (Slides)
  • 5 focus groups with:
    • Frisoli Youth Center (2 focus groups)
    • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) Senior Center
    • Millers River Apartments
    • people of color and women who own businesses on Cambridge Street
  • Over 160 direct survey emails to Cambridge Street business owners and community organizations
  • 13 door-to-door interviews with business owners, additional outreach to BIPOC-owned businesses, and a site tour with East Cambridge Business Association
  • Five Pop-ins and Pop-ups @ Volpe Block Party, Millers River Housing, Inman Square, East Cambridge and ECBA/CDD Second Thursday Event
  • One nifty window display at PCA architects!

Meeting Materials:

Virtual Community Meeting 1 (December 8, 2021)
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Virtual Community Meeting 2 (February 3, 2022)  
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Virtual Community Meeting 3 (February 18, 2022)
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Community Pop-Up Events (May 6 and 7, 2022)
Photo Gallery | Ideas and Recommendations | Engagement Summary Sheet | Engagement Summary Report 

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Project Schedule

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Cambridge Street touches on three distinct areas: East Cambridge, Wellington-Harrington and Inman Square.

 Project Study Area Map

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