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Mass Ave Planning Study - Cambridge Common to Alewife Brook Parkway

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The Mass Ave Planning Study (MAPS), spearheaded by the Cambridge Community Development Department, is creating a vision plan for what Massachusetts Avenue will look like in 2040 between Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridge Common. 

This plan is part of the implementation of Envision Cambridge, the City's comprehensive plan. It will study various aspects such as land use, zoning, urban design, housing, climate resiliency, small business support, mobility, and public space.

The team will work with the community to develop a shared vision to shape future development types and scales, and lead an engagement process to capture all the voices that call this part of Mass Ave home.

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South of Porter online feedback!

If you were not able to attend our in-person meeting about a draft vision and potential ideas for South of Porter Square, don't worry! You still have a chance to weigh in!

Please use our online engagement form, which will lead you through the content that was presented with prompts for your feedback. We'd love to hear your input on the draft vision and ideas for South of Porter Square. 

Mass Ave Collaboration Map!

The Mass Ave Planning Study team has created an online mapping tool for anyone to provide their input and feedback on the part of Mass Ave within our study area. You can point out areas you love, places that need improvement, and opportunities for change. The mapping tool will help the planning team uncover pressing issues and gather ideas for the planning study.

You can also submit comments via our feedback form. We take all forms of feedback into consideration. Please take a moment and explore the map!

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Community Engagement

South of Porter Square Focus Area - Round 2

Phase 1 (South of Porter) Round 2 meetings for the Mass Ave Planning Study will continue our focus on the area South of Porter Square. The second round of meetings for this phase summarize feedback from our first round of South of Porter meetings, present draft goals, and highlight early ideas for this area of Mass Ave. Our intention for this moment is to collaboratively refine the goals and draft ideas.  

Community Meeting May 29 (recap), 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

We had an incredible turnout at our last community meeting focused on the area South of Porter Square. THANK YOU to everyone that came out. The setting and weather couldn't have been better! For those that couldn't make it, we are providing an online way to engage and provide input.

Please click here to review the presentation boards and the associated prompts where you can add your input.

Working Group  April 24 (recap), 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In our April MAPS Working Group meeting we walked Mass Ave between Cambridge Common and Roseland Street, discussed the existing conditions of this area and what the future scale, density, public space and character of the area could be like. We also had discussions on how it ties to the feedback we heard in our March Community Meeting. Please see the link in the Meeting Materials section to view the brief presentation.

Meeting Materials

Working Group Meetings

  • MAPS Working Group - Meeting 3 (South of Porter) 04/24/24 presentation
  • MAPS Working Group - Meeting 2 (South of Porter) 03/14/24 video
  • MAPS Working Group - Meeting 2 (South of Porter) 03/14/24 presentation
  • MAPS Working Group - Meeting 1 02/08/24 video
  • MAPS Working Group - Meeting 1 02/08/24 presentation

Community Meetings


Working Project Schedule

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Study Area

The Study Area for the Mass Ave Planning Study stretches from the Cambridge Common to Alewife Brook Parkway, two miles of Mass Ave. 

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Key Resources

Local and Area Plans

Citywide Plans

Links to Neighborhood Planning

Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group

For a more complete description of the working group and its members please reference the City Council packet from January 22, 2024 (page 88)

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