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We created a podcast to make it easier to understand policy issues the city is dealing with. This month, our episode is on affordable housing (it's the second of a two part series - listen to part one here). Listen to it by clicking the "play" button below, or find it by searching "Backyard Cambridge" wherever you listen to podcasts. 

To check out Season 1 of Backyard Cambridge, click here.

Show notes: 

In the second part of our series on affordable housing in Cambridge we ask, how do we build enough housing? Why is it so difficult to build in the city? And how do we balance density and the concerns of neighbors? We take a look at a couple of different developments in the process of being built, from Porter Square to Alewife to Kendall Square.

Check out for additional resources for this episode, including our written article, which includes more detail about the specific policies and programs we’ve mentioned. You can also leave a comment on the piece with questions or suggestions. Take a look at our site’s other local resources, like our guide for Cambridge restaurants and contact information for city officials.

A Better Cambridge's website

Cambridge Residents' Alliance's website

Fresh Pond Residents' Alliance's website

Cambridge Day article about Frost Terrace

Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance in Cambridge

Cambridge Chronicle article about 55 Wheeler Street

Envision Cambridge process

Cambridge Chronicle article about Volpe 

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