MIT alumna Kathleen Born ’77 is running for re-election on a platform stressing affordable housing.
On the relationship between MIT and Cambridge --
“If we have two of the top universities in the country here, we can have the best schools in the country as well. Universities may think they have done their share, but they clearly haven’t.”
Born encourages MIT to aid Cambridge in strengthening the city’s public school system. She would also form a partnership with the numerous MIT start-up companies in Cambridge to mitigate their effects on the city’s housing market and neighborhood character.
On affordable housing --
“At this point, rent control is a state issue and not a local issue. I was a very vocal supporter of rent control before Question 9 eliminated it.”
Born did not sign the CCURE petition to return rent control to Cambridge and is focusing her efforts on preserving affordable housing in so-called “expiring use” buildings.