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Affordable Housing a Central Issue In Triantafillou’s Bid for Reelection

By Aurora Schmidt

Katherine Triantafillou, an incumbent city councilwoman and a progressive democrat, is running for the Cambridge City Council in the upcoming November election.

She, like most other candidates encourages student involvement in local government. Low voter turnout in both nationwide and local elections recently indicates the need for the participation of all citizens, she said. Triantafillou also encourages students to take advantage of internships and other opportunities to participate in local campaigns.

Rising housing costs a key concern

What distinguishes Councilwoman Triantafillou from her numerous opponents is her drive to support the needs of citizens who cannot currently afford housing. She was one of the few councillors who opposed the repeal of rent control. Triantafillou claimed her reasoning to be based on basic economics. She said, the repeal of rent control “artificially raises the property prices.”

Her solution to the problem of rising rent, involves building apartments and single family homes. She stressed the need for more affordable housing as both an issue which concerns longterm Cambridge residents and students who live here temporarily.

Also, in an effort address the needs of citizens who utilize the Central Square Area, she strongly advocates bringing in affordable stores to the Central Square shopping area. In particular, Triantafillou would like to attract a book store, a movie theater, and an affordable clothing store such as Marshalls.

She is also in support of small businesses and maintaining the type of shopping stores where citizens prefer to shop. She believes that Cambridge would “suffer from not having small businesses” and plans to encourage them in the midst of the development from large chains.

Candidate supports environment

Triantafillou’s view towards the environment and preserving open spaces is equally progressive. She would like to see Cambridge do a better job at maintaining the condition of its parks and is in support of creating more open space for both “passive” and recreational benefits. By supporting passive open spaces Triantafillou is trying to encourage the preservation of the local Cambridge environment. She specifically wants to see more open spaces in eastern Cambridge.

Another concern that Triantafillou wants to address is the growing traffic problem in Cambridge. She supports the recent measures to slow and redirect traffic flow called “traffic calming.” Calming involves extending sidewalks and banks to slow down cars and is designed to help pedestrians by reducing the speed at which cars can drive.

Late night transportation is another issue important to students. Triantafillou said that “It’s unfortunate that the subways and busses don’t operate later.” Although she would be in support of extending late night transportation, such a move is out of the power of the local government because the state handles matters concerning public transportation.