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Our Cambridge Street


From fall 2021 through fall 2022, the City led 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 worked with the community to craft a shared vision for Cambridge Street based on an inclusive and transparent engagement process. See "The Latest" section below for the final plan.

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

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The Latest

The Our Cambridge Street Plan is here!

Over the past year, we've talked to hundreds of you about your vision for Cambridge Street. Together, we developed shared priorities for the future and explored improvements to meet the needs of ALL the diverse people that call Cambridge Street home. We're excited to share the final plan and recommendations!

Read the plan at the links below. 

Final Plan   Community Engagement Appendix   Existing Conditions Appendix

Community Engagement Updates

A series of photos showing pop-ups, a virtual meeting, and two focus groups.

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

Planning Board Presentation (October 11, 2022)
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

City Council Neighborhood & Long Term Planning Committee (October 19, 2022)
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

Final Virtual Community Meeting (December 15, 2022)
Presentation Slides | Video Recording

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Project Schedule

This graphic schedule highlights key stages and timelines for the project.

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

 Project Study Area Map

Original RFQ that was advertised for the project.

Key Documents and Resources

Citywide Plans

Neighborhood Plans

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