community review
Connections
What is your connection to the site?

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What other questions and suggestions do you have about this project?

include trees. we need shade in east cambridge.

Bethany, we agree that landscaping is essential to bringing this area to life. Trees are a great way to not only provide shade, but also increase the appearance of the area.

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There is a small area of green space at the edge of the Broad Canal that we're looking to transform into a family-friendly park or playground. What types of features and uses should be included so that it is attractive to families with kids?

Trees for sure. Also the part of Kendall street that sweeps around (running North) in front of Genzyme could stand to be narrowed (it's a single lane anyway), and the sidewalks on both sides could include... Read more...

Agreed better pedestrian flow with more trees. Consider reducing size and use of Broad Canal Way (possibly a raised shared street or eliminate entirely)

Phil, that is a great thought. In a predominately developed area, pockets of landscaping can really transform an area, which is our goal with this site.

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Are there any other types of retail that you think are currently missing in this area of Cambridge?

book shop

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Street activation is planned as part of the project. What uses and activities would help create a vibrant and fun area to spend time?

By far the best way to increase activation and vibrancy is to just increase the number of people in the neighborhood, which means to include a residential component in the proposed zoning. The next-best... Read more...

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What other questions and suggestions do you have about this project?

Volpe just presented their plan for their parcel last night to the Planning Board. Their plan included a pedestrian, multimodal promenade along the length of Broad Canal Way just across Third Street. It... Read more...

Would be great to use this Broad Canal Way as a shared street/ promenade to extend both sides of the street and create a public plaza.

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What other questions and suggestions do you have about this project?

provide spaces for street musicians

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What other questions and suggestions do you have about this project?

Thinking about community benefits, access to this project and the example of the broad canal bridge, it would be a great benefit to the community and to access to this project to add a cantilevered or... Read more...

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Street activation is planned as part of the project. What uses and activities would help create a vibrant and fun area to spend time?

reduce noise from Power station

reducing noise from the steam plant would be amazing. there is so much nature in this area, and it is a beautiful peaceful spot, but the noise from the plant is a constant background.

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What other questions and suggestions do you have about this project?

The existing kayak rental, Paddle Boston, would be greatly enhanced by an indoor office/restrooms, changing areas, lockers. Look at the Community Boating facility in Boston. As part of Chapter 91 you... Read more...

Rachel, thank you for your thoughts! We agree that an indoor kayak space would greatly benefit not only Paddle Boston but also those renting kayak equipment. We are also looking at ways in which we can... Read more...

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Are there any other types of retail that you think are currently missing in this area of Cambridge?

Most lunch places are designed for take out. We lack places to have coffee / lunch meetings where you can comfortably talk with one or two others. Shops or activities that would encourage after 5pm activity... Read more...

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What would encourage you to spend more time along this section of Main Street?

Build a public exercise facility that includes an Olympic pool, and also a good brewery, like trillium or Cambridge brewing company.

I do not think we need a brewery in this area! This is a quiet natural area close to the river. It should not become another Seaport circus

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What would encourage you to spend more time along this section of Main St?

Restaurants and shopping

A couple of smaller music venues (100-250 capacity) for the local (and very large) music communities to comp a little bit for all the venues that were lost to developers and the pandemic in recent years... Read more...

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Street activation is planned as part of the project. What uses and activities would help create a vibrant and fun area to spend time?

Art/craftspeople selling, outdoor performance programming, cafe tables not cars.

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There is a small area of green space at the edge of the Broad Canal that we're looking to transform into a family-friendly park or playground. What types of features and uses should be included so that it is attractive to families with kids?

Trees, and nature in general to serve as an antidote to the huge amount of development in the area

I agree with Bjorn. And to DWS: landscaping is not necessarily nature, in fact I have witnessed local landscaping destroy much of the nature in the area already.

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What would encourage you to spend more time along this section of Main St?

I love the boardwalk behind Main St over the canal. That is where I walk when I'm in that area but I would imagine that wider sidewalks and more trees would draw me to Main St.

Agree. Narrow Broad Canal Way- create a wider plaza or raised shared space with an abundance of large tree canopy (not the small, curbside tree wells) for shade and to promote a pedestrian promenade.

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