The next ISNA general meeting will be Tuesday, March 19th from 7PM to 9PM at Olé Restaurant.
We strongly encourage as many people as possible to attend this meeting. We will be collecting your questions about new City-Wide Zoning Proposals being considered by Cambridge City Council. If this topic is new to you, or if you've been following it for a while but still want clarification, please join us, and encourage your neighborhood friends to do so as well! No question is too small, silly, simple, or unimportant!
MORE INFO - From the recent Housing Committee Meeting to discuss the proposed 100% Affordable Housing Zoning Overlay: Slide Show and Video Stream.
1. Get-To-Know-Your-Neighbor (10 min.)
Chat with a neighbor about a fun topic!
2. Business Spotlight (15 minutes)
Meet Chef Jason Bond, owner of the award-winning Bondir Restaurant, and hear why he loves cooking, and owning a restaurant, in Cambridge.
3. Announcements (25 minutes)
a. Board elections.(3 min)
b. Empty Bowls event to support On the Rise (2 min)
c. Lights on trees in Inman Square in May. (3 min)
d. Intersection Construction Mitigation - Loyalty Card Program - Jason Alves, Executive Director of East Cambridge Business Association. (10 mn)
c. Open announcements
4. Green Line Extension in Union Square (15 minutes)
We'll discuss the the elimination of an elevator from the project plans, and the impact that it may have on Inman Square.
5. Zoning/ Affordable Housing (40 minutes)
The Envision Cambridge Housing Working Group recommended creating special new zoning for 100% Affordable Housing on top of existing zoning. This is part of Envision's overall city-wide planning process. The discussion about zoning is now in City Council, and a lot of important conversations and decisions are happening.
a. Broad overview of what has happened so far.
b. Share your questions! We will document everyone's questions and then report back at our next meeting, 3 weeks later on April 9th, with answers from an invited guest speaker. (Answers will also be made available by email for those who cannot attend.)
c. To vote or not to vote? ISNA has not taken an official position on zoning, but rather has continued sharing information with the goal of educating our membership. Do we agree this is the best way to go?
6. Door Prize (5 minutes)
Don't leave before finding out if you're the winner!
We Welcome You To Join Us!!
The next meeting of the Inman Square Neighborhood Association will be Tuesday, February 12th at 7PM at Olé Restaurant. (11 Springfield Street, Cambridge.)
The Agenda Will Include . . .
- Business Spotlight, Raymond Ford, the owner of Christina's Homemade Ice Cream will join us to tell us about his business, a longtime favorite ice cream shop in Cambridge.
- We'll have a report-out from a recent ISNA zoning committee meeting regarding our response to Envision Cambridge's master planning suggestions, particularly regarding the suggested affordable housing zoning overlay, and we'll look at a possible set of recommendations for ISNA to discuss.
- We'll hear results from our anonymous address survey, as it relates to designating geographical boundaries for ISNA.
- We'll share updates on the Intersection Improvement Project and on Envision Cambridge.
- And, a very special Door Prize!
We'll be starting right at 7, so please come early if you'd like to get some food from Olé's take-out counter to enjoy during the meeting.
We Hope To See You Tuesday!
Annnnnd we're back! ISNA is ready to move forward into the New Year. Our first meeting of 2019 will be January 15th at 7PM. Location and agenda (& special guests) will be confirmed very soon! We hope longtime neighbors as well as people new to Inman Square will join us. Please spread the word (share), and we'll see you next week. Thanks.
Cambridge business owners are invited to attend a workshop that will help them prepare for business disruptions related to construction:
Preparing Your Business for Construction Impacts
Monday, January 14th
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
11 Springfield Street
(back room of restaurant)
Participants will receive one-on-one assistance from local experts who specialize in business law, commercial insurance, and financial planning. Participants should bring copies of their business contract, lease, and insurance information.
The workshop will be held in Inman Square, where area businesses will be impacted by the Inman Square Intersection Improvement project, but all Cambridge business owners are welcome to attend.
To RSVP for the event, contact Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Come to the ISNA Holiday Party @ Wit's End.
Thursday, December 13th at 7PM
Wit's End - 1248 Cambridge Street
We'll have games, get-to-know-your-neighborhood trivia, and extra special door prizes! Wit's End is giving us separate space for our party, and we encourage you to order food and drinks from their fun menu. We're looking forward to a festive gathering of neighbors enjoying each other's company, celebrating the season, and supporting local business.
From the Wit’s End website: “I founded Wit’s End to be a warm, comfortable, neighborhood place where guests can meet up with friends to have a drink, enjoy some good food, play some games, engage in lively discussion . . .”
- Pete Stein, Wit’s End Owner
Let us know if you're interested by RSVP'ing on Facebook!
Or, just send us an email!
'Tis the season to #ShopLocal
Cross the perfect present off your holiday list at one of our Inman Square Shops and visit a local restaurant for some holiday cheer.
On Thursday Dec 13th Inman Square shops will be open until 9pm for your holiday shopping needs. Visit one of the retailers or restaurants below for Holiday specials and treats.
Great presents at Albertine Press Gather Here Stitch Lounge and Practice Space
Free Jewelery Cleaning at @Leo Carrol Jewelers
$5 coupon with gift card purchase at Inman Oasis
try alllllllllll the Drink Specials in 'hood
Naughty Hot Chocolate at Bukowski Tavern Cambridge
Irish Coffee at The Rising Bar
Check out the holiday drink menu at Wit's End
Inman Square Wine & Spirits Only a tasting will help you pick out that perfect gift
City Girl Cafe Inman Square Free Rosemary Lemonade with purchase of $20 Gift Card
Puritan & Company is offering a 20% bonus card with a Gift Card Purchase. When the shopping is done head back for the 9pm Bar Pizza special (limited quantities) and an Armagnac and fig-spiked Hot Cider to keep you warm on the walk home.
1369 Coffeehouse 10% off you gift card purchase plus a free cookie with purchase
Dont forget to check out Elmendorf Baking Supplies and Cafe (waaay down the street but worth the trip) Pick out a present for the chef and baker in the house
Check back for more offers and updates.
Inmanween Oct 26th
Stop in to your favorite local business for Trick or Treating starting at 3pm
Visit us in Vellucci plaza for crafts and fun for the kids.
Story time with Miss Scarlet the Keeper of Cambridge's Darkest Tales two shows 4pm an 5:15pm in Vellucci Plaza
NEW THIS YEAR
A Halloween Double Feature in the East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot.
A kids movie at 6:30 and a real Halloween scare for an older audience at around 8:30
Featuring a Beer Garden with local brews from Cambridge Brewing Company and Bantam Cider
Grab a bite to go from a local restaurant and bring your dinner to the movies.
Kick off Halloween in Inman Square on Friday Oct 26th
From The City Of Cambridge Department of Public Works
Inman Square Intersection Improvements - Community Meeting
Wednesday, October 24th, 6:30PM-8:30PM, Cambridgeport School Gymnasium
The City is developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire Street and Cambridge Street in Inman Square. Please join us at an upcoming meeting to learn more about the plaza design and provide input.
This meeting will focus on presentation and discussion of the landscape and urban design for the reconfigured Vellucci Plaza and presentation of public art concepts by Project Artist Mark Reigelman. We encourage community members to attend to learn more and provide feedback about the design for this important public space.
The next Inman Square Neighborhood Association (ISNA) meeting is Tuesday, October 23rd at 7PM at Olé Restaurant.
AGENDA - Envision Cambridge's final recommendations on zoning, affordable housing, transportation, and the environment.
These recommendations will have a direct impact on Inman Square. It is crucial that neighborhood residents give input on their vision for the future of our neighborhood. Members of the City of Cambridge staff will be in attendance at this meeting.
To learn more and get involved visit the ENVISION Cambridge website at http://envision.cambridgema.gov/
AND come to the ISNA meeting on the 23rd!
Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA
City Manager’s Agenda Item #7
Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of
$5,000,000 from Free Cash to the Public Investment Fund Public Works Department Extraordinary
Expenditures Account to support the completion of the Inman Square Intersection Improvements
CMA 2018 #242
On Friday, September 21, over 75 local businesses, City departments, and nonprofit organizations will participate in the City of Cambridge’s 7th annual PARK(ing) Day celebration, turning metered parking spaces into temporary parks and activity hubs. The mission of PARK(ing) Day, an international event, is to call attention to the value of urban space and to generate thoughtful debate about how public space is created and allocated.