This questionnaire consists of 13 required questions - 10 multiple choice and 3 short answer questions. Four optional questions are included at the end of the survey which will not be used by ABC in our qualitative analysis of candidate responses.

For each multiple choice question an optional text field has been provided to explain your answer. However, for these questions any text responses without providing an answer to the corresponding multiple choice question will be disregarded and considered non-responsive.

Text responses for multiple choice questions are limited to 250 characters. Short answer responses are limited to 1500 characters.

For more information on ABC and what we stand for, please visit our website at: http://abettercambridge.org

* 1. Candidate Contact Information

* 3. Past planning efforts in Cambridge such as K2C2 have recommended greater housing density to be developed around transportation nodes in Cambridge. Do you support this approach?

* 4. Cambridge should allow taller buildings in certain areas if that height results in more affordable housing units.

* 5. More people wish to live in cities and Cambridge, as an attractive place to live, will see increasing demand for places for these people to live. Should Cambridge:

* 6. Increasing the supply of market rate housing will mitigate upward pressure on housing costs in Cambridge.

* 7. The affordable housing crisis in Cambridge should be addressed without private development and through the expenditure of public money alone.

* 8. Do you support moving forward on existing large development proposals or other opportunities that may arise (i.e., MIT Kendall Square development, Volpe redevelopment) during the Cambridge master planning process?

* 9. Should Cambridge reduce/eliminate minimum parking requirements in the zoning code for new developments in areas well served by transit, bike share, and other alternative transportation options?

* 10. Vehicle emissions in the United Sates are a major contributor towards global climate change. Building more mixed housing and commercial developments near transportation centers will help reduce car use in Cambridge.

* 11. Do you believe it is the appropriate role for the City Council to review specific development proposals/special permit requests – a power they do not currently have?

* 12. As a city councilor in the past City Council term, did you or would you have voted to support or oppose the final Mass & Main zoning proposal that included over 20% (50 units) of affordable housing?

Please respond to the following questions with short text answers, no more than 1,500 characters.

* 13. ABC’s organizational mission is detailed at http://www.abettercambridge.org/our_mission. Please describe your vision for Cambridge’s future in the areas addressed by those goals. (Limit: 1,500 characters)

* 14. Please name and describe three specific policies that the City Council can adopt to address the  housing affordability crisis in Cambridge (Limit: 1,500 characters total):

* 15. What is the single best source you’ve read in the past two years about the future of cities, and why? (Limit: 1,500 characters)

The following questions are "extra credit" to get a sense of personality for candidates, and will not be used in ABC's analysis.

* 16. Should Cambridge invest its own money to develop a municipal broadband solution that will bring a next generation network and an alternative to Comcast?

* 17. If Cambridge were to build a municipal network, should it seek to bridge the digital divide by providing broadband to all residents regardless of their ability to pay?

* 18. What is your favorite restaurant in Cambridge?

* 19. What is your favorite cultural resource or amenity in the City of Cambridge?

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