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Cambridge, MA: Considering Change Afoot in Kendall Square

This year’s walk will take a look at upcoming development in part of the Kendall Square neighborhood in east Cambridge, which is bounded by the Charles River, MIT, a large land parcel where the federal government in 1964 erected the Volpe Building for its NASA space program, and more recent tech industry and hotels. Conceived when Kendall Square was a forlorn urban renewal site, the Volpe Building is now obsolete and may be demolished to make way for a new federal transportation building exempt from local regulations. MIT has just released plans for developing its campus alongside and to the south of the square. Residents in the surrounding neighborhoods, comprised of small businesses and residential streets, want a say in the area’s redevelopment.

Lunch to follow at the Meadhall restaurant, at the corner of Broadway and Ames Street, where those who wish may continue conversation and purchase lunch.
To help us consider and converse about issues raised by these projects, we will hear from the City of Cambridge’s recently retired director of urban design Roger Boothe, Charles Sullivan from the Cambridge Historical Commission, and representatives from MIT and the East Cambridge Planning Team, a citizens’ group.

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2015

Time(s): 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Event Start/End: 

  • BEGIN: Meet on the north side of Main Street at the plaza in front of the Marriott Hotel next to the Kendall Square T station.

Host: Glenna Lang

Theme: Walking

Accessibility: This event is accessible and open to Bicycles, Seniors, Children, Dogs.

Registration: No, all are welcome