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A Public Tree Hearing was held on April 10, 2018. Please see the "Documents" tab for additional information.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. There are several upcoming opportunities to learn more about the project and provide input.

Community Meeting - New Plaza Designs
Wednesday, March 7th 
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School Auditorium
459 Broadway
6:30-8:30 pm 

This meeting will focus on presentation and discussion of three alternative concepts for the reconfigured Vellucci Plaza. We encourage community members to attend to learn more and provide feedback about the design for this important public space.

Specific items to be discussed include:
  • Trees
  • Planting Beds
  • Seating and Other Furniture 
  • Lighting
  • Public Art 
  • Paving Types and Patterns

For more information on this project, please visit To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at

Concept Design Plan

Open Houses / Review Previous Presentation

Thursday, March 1st

Department of Public Works

147 Hampshire St.


Wednesday, March 7th 

CRLS Auditorium

459 Broadway


As a follow-up to the January 30th Community Meeting, join us at your convenience at one of these Open Houses to review various design options which have been considered for the Square over the past year and a half; the strengths and flaws which we discovered during our analyses of each one; and the reasoning behind the decision to move forward with the current option (shown above). City and consultant technical staff will be available for one-on-one discussions including a presentation of traffic simulation modeling and other detailed technical information.

Note that the presentation slides and a video recording of the January 30th meeting may be viewed on the project webpage .

Video of the Inman Square Community Meeting on January 30, 2018 is now available.

February 1, 2018

Community Meeting #4 for the Inman Square Project was held on January 30, 2018. At that meeting, an Alternative Concept which minimizes impacts to existing Vellucci Plaza and several large street trees was presented and discussed. Initially, the City believed that this Alternative Concept was viable and would meet all project goals. However, after more intensive analysis, and as presented at Community Meeting #4, the City has concluded that the Alternative Concept has significant safety flaws. Therefore, the City intends to continue to move forward with the Current Concept. Please see the “Documents” tab to view the presentation slides. A video recording of the meeting will also be posted here once available.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

We have been listening carefully, have heard you, and want to get this once in a generation project “right”.

The City is developing plans to provide safety improvements benefiting all users at the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. Over the course of the past year, we have incorporated community feedback from several public forums and moved towards a concept plan believed to have broad community and stakeholder support.

Before finalizing the design for this significant capital project, however, the City wants to make sure that it not only meets project safety goals, but also satisfies other community goals and desires. The currently proposed concept involves significant reconfiguration of the public open space of Inman Square, particularly Mayor Alfred E. Vellucci Community Plaza. We have received feedback that we should more fully develop and evaluate an alternative design option, which minimizes changes to the existing footprint of Vellucci Plaza. We have done so, and the main objective of the January 30 meeting will be to present this alternative concept, and to review the differences between the two concepts in terms of various criteria including safety, operations and delay for all modes, convenience and clarity, resident and business parking and loading, environmental and open space impact, and urban design.

The City is confident that either concept will satisfy the main multi-modal safety objectives of the project, while providing acceptable operations for all users, including pedestrians, bicycles, transit users, and private and commercial vehicles. For us to move forward with the project, however, it is critical that we get additional community feedback.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)
449 Broadway
Presentation: 6:00-6:45 pm
Community Feedback: 6:45-8:00 pm

For more information on this project, please visit To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at
The Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting scheduled for Tuesday December 5, 2017, is being postponed and will be rescheduled for a new date in January 2018. The City Manager, Deputy City Manager, and numerous staff have been meeting with various stakeholder groups to discuss the preferred design proposal. Based on the feedback received, the project team needs more time to perform additional analyses and further refine the project design, so that they can present the community with the most complete information regarding the intersection and plaza layout.

Once a new date is confirmed, an additional notice will be sent out announcing the date, time, and location of the rescheduled community meeting.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause and hope you are able to attend the future meeting.


Inman Square Intersection Improvements
Community Meeting: Tuesday, December 5th - POSTPONED

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. The next public meeting for this project will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, at the Main Library, Lower Level (L2) from 6-8pm.

As we move towards a final design for the project, this meeting will focus on design revisions incorporated through community input, traffic simulation modeling, and present three concepts our team has developed for the Vellucci Plaza. We encourage community members to attend to learn more about the design options for this important public space and to provide feedback.

We will also recap the project history to date, provide an overview of the proposed intersection design, and review changes that have been made based on input from residents, business owners, and roadway users. After the presentation, staff will facilitate an open discussion.

For more information on this project, please visit To be added to the project email list, please contact KyAnn Anderson, Community Relations Manager, at

The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire St and Cambridge St in Inman Square.  

At the recent public meeting on Tuesday, July 25,  city and design team staff recapped project history to date, and presented a discussion of opportunities and considerations relevant to the plaza design. 

Please visit the Documents tab for all project-related materials. 

To be added to the project email list, please visit the Contact tab.

Inman Square Intersection Improvements- Community Meeting: Wednesday, March 7th, CRLS Auditorium, 459 Broadway 6:30PM-8:30PM. See Project Updates tab for complete information. 

Community Meeting #5, which will focus on the design of the new plaza space, is anticipated for March 2018. Final design and permitting will continue throughout the Spring and Summer of 2018. Construction will begin once all permits and approvals have been obtained.

The design process continues and construction is anticipated to start in Spring 2018.

Please check the Updates tab for more up-to-date information  and visit the Documents tab for more information on the project.

Inman Square is a vibrant commercial and residential area, and is traversed daily by high volumes of drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders. It is a complex and unusually large intersection, however, with a confusing layout and a large number of individual roadway approaches. This causes safety and operational challenges for all users, including multiple points of conflict between the different modes, and often lengthy delays for all users. The intersection is a documented crash “hot spot”, with a crash average exceeding the average rate for signalized intersections in Massachusetts.

In 2015, the City began a process of studying the intersection in order to develop short and long term improvements. Findings were presented to the community in mid-2016, and short term improvements including restrictions on left-turns and bicycle intersection markings were implemented in summer and fall 2016. These short-term improvements did not involve significant construction, and are considered an interim measure until a more permanent solution can be implemented.

The process of designing permanent improvements to Inman Square began in late 2016, and continued throughout 2017. A number of different design options were developed and analyzed, and four widely attended public meetings have been held as of the end of January 2018. At this time, the City has recommended a concept which best addresses the safety and operational issues of Inman Square, and meets other project goals including improving transit operations and experience, maximizing the quality and experience of pedestrian plaza space, and providing necessary parking and loading functions. This concept is labeled as the “Current Concept”, on the January 30, 2018 presentation slides, which may be viewed under the “Documents” tab.

KyAnn Anderson.
Community Relations

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