A Shared Vision for a Diverse City
Cambridge is a city of diverse places, people, and ideas.
Made up of 13 neighborhoods—from East Cambridge and Wellington-Harrington to Strawberry Hill, North Cambridge and everywhere in between—the city’s multifaceted community includes long-time residents, young families, students, local businesses, innovative startups, international corporations, revered educational institutions, and lots more. This mix of voices makes Cambridge the exceptional place it is today.
A Comprehensive Study Built on a Strong Foundation
CAMBRIDGE IS A RECOGNIZED LEADER IN URBAN PLANNING, AND A SIGNIFICANT BODY OF RECENT WORK WILL SERVE AS A FOUNDATION FOR THE CITYWIDE PLANNING PROCESS.
This includes work on climate change, transportation, land use, open space, housing affordability, community health, homelessness and income insecurity, early childhood education, and many other topic areas. Studies and plans have also been conducted for geographic areas of the city, most recently the K2C2 effort examining Kendall Square and Central Square.
The Citywide Plan will build upon this foundation and offer additional ideas to ensure that the City’s plans and programs are aligned to support a common direction for Cambridge.
We will use six lenses to look at the various planning topics. These include:
- Social Equity and Diversity: Celebrating the cultural, demographic and economic mix in our community
- Environmental Resiliency: Reducing our environmental footprint while preparing for impacts of climate change
- Character of Neighborhoods and Squares: Preserving our strong architectural heritage of quiet neighborhoods and vibrant commercial areas
- Healthy Community: Improving the health and well-being of our community
- Learning Community: Expanding access to education and lifelong learning in academics, arts, and cultural programs
- Coordination with the Region: Leveraging regional partnerships to improve shared resources
These lenses represent community values and will help shape the vision and recommendations of the plan.
Success of the Citywide Plan rests on its ability to engage the entire community.
It is a core goal of the Plan to provide an accessible forum for all stakeholders to share ideas. Toward this end, the City aims to reach as many people as possible and ensure that dialogue is representative of the City’s diversity. This will include multiple approaches, including partnering with the City’s Community Engagement Team and lowering potential barriers to meeting attendance by providing childcare, translation, and food for participants.