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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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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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Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group Selected

We are pleased to announce that the working group for the Mass Ave Planning Study has been selected. The City received 46 applications from interested community members. The selected members bring diverse, holistic, and insightful perspectives on Mass Ave’s future. 

The working group comprises residents from the surrounding neighborhoods – Neighborhood Nine, Baldwin, and North Cambridge– along with representatives of the business community, local institutions, property owners, and developers.

We are thrilled to have these dedicated members of our community contribute to the planning process and ensure that we have a thorough and thoughtfully executed plan. For a more complete description of the working group and its members please reference the City Council packet from January 22, 2024 (page 88).

Community Engagement

Mass Ave Planning Study - Community Meeting 1   February 29, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

We're excited to host our first community meeting for the Mass Ave Planning Study (MAPS) on Thursday, February 29 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM.

The meeting will provide an introduction to the project; an opportunity for the community to learn more about the process; and a chance to talk with the planning team about Mass Ave!

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register here in advance or go to

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you can't make the meeting, please share your thoughts using our online mapping tool! Visit: bit.ly/MAPS_map


Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group - Meeting 2   March 14, 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

This is the second regular meeting of the Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group, a representative body of neighborhood stakeholders that will help guide the planning process for Mass Ave from Cambridge Common to Alewife Brook Parkway.

The meeting will focus on the area South of Porter Square, providing an overview of its existing conditions and findings from the team's initial research. The agenda will include a virtual presentation from the planning team, a review of the next community meeting approach, and time for discussion questions and feedback. Our goal for this phase is to collaboratively refine our understanding of the area's needs and aspirations, laying the groundwork for the next phase of our planning study. 

This meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Meeting Materials

Working Group Meeting 1 - 02/07/23

  • Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group - Meeting 1 video
  • Mass Ave Planning Study Working Group - Meeting 1 presentation

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