The Citywide upzoning for tall income-limited highrises known as AHO 2.0 will likely be voted in by City Council on October 16. Maps are now available.
City Councillors supporting this large citywide AHO 2.0 up-zoning are Councillors Azeem, McGovern, Simmons, and Siddiqui as well as Mallon and Zondervan (the latter two are not running for reelection).
City Councillors who oppose AHO 2.0 include Councillors Nolan and Toner as well as Carlone (the latter not running for reelection).
CCC-endorsed Candidates who oppose AHO 2.0 include: Brown, Hanratty, Muchnik, Nolan (I), Pasquarello, Pickett, Toner (I), Wang, Winters, and Zusy
Likely Impacts: removal of historic Cambridge homes and other buildings, loss of mature trees, and critical green spaces. With no parking or required drop off areas, traffic and parking problems will likely increase. Without our standard Planning Board large project oversight of AHO building design, these new large scale structures may not meet the level of design oversight of other city large projects - or neighbor input. For AHO buildings, the Planning Board role is only advisory not mandatory unlike other projects. Adjacent homes and other buildings will be impacted by the 12 and 15 story buildings being erected which will block sunlight to neighbors and many blocks away. With little if any financial oversight, the new AHO units likely will cost tax payers nearly $1 million apiece (even without land costs) -double what market rate housing costs).
City Council Candidate Federico Muchnik has written a letter to local press on this material: HERE
Muchnik, a well-known local filmmaker has done a number of documentaries on this issue and other subjects: https://www.federicoforcouncil.net/films