Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #134
ORDER ADOPTED
May 7, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is requested to direct the appropriate City staff to work with all Harvard Square stakeholders, including the Harvard Square Business Association, the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association, abutting businesses, and Harvard University to actively engage the community in a design charrette process with a view in mind towards making Palmer Street a more active and inviting pedestrian walkway and public space.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, JDSponsors:Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Marc C. McGovern
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City Council recently discussed improving the pedestrian experience along Palmer Street in Harvard Square; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Palmer Street functions simultaneously as a loading zone for the nearby businesses, a public space, and a pedestrian cut through connecting Church Street and Brattle Street in the heart of the Square; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Some improvements were made about a decade ago as part of the Harvard Square Design Project but other suggestions were not fully realized; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A recently approved light banner will soon be installed on the Harvard Coop’s Skybridge that runs across Palmer Street, representing one step towards making it a more welcoming and inclusive space; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Palmer Street could become an especially important pedestrian way when the Harvard Square Theater site is redeveloped; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Palmer Street presents significant unrealized potential to be a more appealing and better-used public space for the Harvard Square community; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to direct the appropriate City staff to work with all Harvard Square stakeholders, including the Harvard Square Business Association, the Harvard Square Neighborhood Association, abutting businesses, and Harvard University to actively engage the community in a design charrette process with a view in mind towards making Palmer Street a more active and inviting pedestrian walkway and public space.

 

 

Meeting History

May 7, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED