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ISNA June Meeting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA June Meeting

S u m m e r B r e a k P a r t y !

ISNA is taking the summer off. But before we do we're having a little summer send-off in the form of a meeting-party combo! Come celebrate another year of community. Please Join Us!

IT"S A BACKWARDS AGENDA! We'll dive right in at 7PM with a shorter version of our usual meeting. THEN we'll have our get-to-know-your-neighbor activity to lead into the party.

Around 7:30 get dinner and drinks from Ole's take-out counter to enjoy while you socialize with friends and neighbors. We'll provide the chips and salsa! Plus, games and prizes!



1. Civic Engagement Manager for Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

Our special guest Erina Colombo will introduce herself, speak for a few minutes to share some updates from Congresswoman Pressley's office, and answer your questions.

2. Accomplishments & Goals

We'll have a brief review of ISNA's activities and accomplishments over the past year, and ask for your feedback on what our future goals should be.

3. Announcements

Quick updates on upcoming Inman Square events, City meetings, and other announcements from neighbors.

4. Get-to-know-your-neighbor, and then . . . .

Chat with a neighbor about a fun topic.

. . . Party Time!

Get dinner and drinks from Ole's take-out counter to enjoy while you socialize with friends and neighbors. We'll provide the chips and salsa! Plus, games and prizes!

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ISNA April Meeting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA April Meeting


1. Get-To-Know-Your-Neighbor (10 minutes)

Chat with a neighbor about a fun topic!

2. Announcements (25 minutes)

a. East Cambridge & Inman Square Clean Up Day, April 27th

b. Inman Eats & Crafts, May 19th

c. Union Square Green Line Extension elevator update.

d. Summer ISNA schedule.

e. Board  member elections in May

f. Open announcements

3. Extended Business Spotlight (30 Minutes)

The Foundry Building on Rogers Street

Stephanie Couch, Executive Director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, will lead a discussion seeking resident ideas for the use of some of this space, which was recently acquired by the city and will include a minimum of 10,000 square feet dedicated to community use, i.e.:  artist studios, a stage, gallery space, etc.

4. Zoning/ Affordable Housing (45 Minutes)

The City of Cambridge is considering the creation of new zoning for a 100% Affordable Housing Overlay on top of existing zoning. This is part of an overall city-wide planning process. A lot of important conversations and decisions are happening now.

a. Update on where the city is in the process of adopting a zoning overlay.

b. Your questions answered! Invited guest, Lee Farris, will provide information and answers to the questions that have been collected from ISNA members so far.

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!

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ISNA March Meeting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA March Meeting

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 OverlaySlide 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!

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ISNA February Meting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA February Meting

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!

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ISNA January Meting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA January Meting

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.

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ISNA Holiday Party!
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA Holiday Party!

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!

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ISNA October Meeting
7:00 PM19:00

ISNA October Meeting

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
AND come to the ISNA meeting on the 23rd!

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