Cambridge is a poster child for rich, anti-housing cities region-wide. But a quartet of city councilors there are trying to challenge that orthodoxy in a dramatic way.
Cambridge’s new Affordable Housing Overlay has had a tremendous and immediate effect on parcels already in nonprofit hands, adding over 400 new units of affordable housing to the pipeline in a year and a half.
While it’s still new, it’s already clear Cambridge’s Affordable Housing Overlay will be an effective tool in the housing toolbox – and Just A Start’s 52 New St. project is leading the way.
Housing activists are looking to pro-development candidates in Cambridge’s November election following the city council’s decision not to act upon a proposed citywide affordable housing overlay district.