Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The Charles River: MassDOT, the Mass. Pike work, and a good meeting.

1. Apologies.
2. MassDOT and the Mass Pike Rearrangement.
A. Introductory.
B. Good meeting.
C. Boston Redevelopment Authority.
D. Harvard University.
E. Excellent guest.
3. Summary.

1. Apologies.

This is the second of three reports I have been promising.  I was very pleased with my photos in the report I have published.

It looks like the report on the Muddy River Canada Goose situation will not go forward, for technical reasons.

I have deferred the most important report of the three, in part because I really want to get this one right.  Another reason was that I was very happy with the photo report being on top.  Prominently featured in the first report is a beautiful goose whom I am very pleased to brag about.

2. MassDOT and the Mass Pike Rearrangement.

A. Introductory.

I have been issuing many reports on the series of meetings conducted by MassDOT (the Mass. Department of Transportation) concerning their anticipated rebuilding of I90 (Mass. Pike) on the South Side of the Charles River across from the habitat of the Charles River White Geese.  Now is the time to get into true environmental issues.

In the August meeting, the staff attempted to leave an opening for structured new comments from the group.  That has turned into what appears to be a major opening for comments in the next meeting.

Here are MassDOT plans of the current situation and the apparent plans for the rearrangement as those plans currently stand.

B. Good meeting.

The staff scheduled several very well done presentations.

The technical presentations were particularly useful.  Unfortunately, they really do not come into the scope of this blog, so I will just leave that as a deserved compliment to them.

Two presentations were within the area our interest, from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, and Harvard University.

C. Boston Redevelopment Authority.

The BRA is a nominally independent body which really is the Mayor’s planning arm.  Within the structure of the City of Boston, it has considerably more power than the usual planning department.

The BRA is hiring a consultant who will be on board quickly and issue a report next year to the BRA on the consultant’s evaluation of the plans.

D. Harvard University.

Harvard sounded like Harvard.

Harvard is seeking an agreement with MassDOT on the details of the rearrangement.  Since Harvard pretty much owns all the land in question, an agreement makes good sense.

The presentation, however, was true Harvard.  Harvard presented their PROPOSAL as if it were written in stone and WOULD be the reality.

Hubris, to put it mildly.

Harvard purchased the land in question several months after a report issued by the public transit agency, the Metropolitan Boston Transportation Authority.

The property contains a lot of spaghetti, the exit from the Mass. Pike to the Brighton neighborhood of Boston and to Cambridge.

It also contains the vestiges of a once massive railroad yard, the Beacon Yard.  That has moved to Worcester except for a few facilities needed by the state for the regional state system.

The MBTA report indicated that an off ramp was possible to Cambridge over the Grand Junction railroad bridge from the Mass. Pike.  A whole bunch of destruction on the Cambridge side, planned or accomplished smells like bureaucrats, etc., preping the place for the Off Ramp.

Promptly occurring on the Boston side was a change in the Mass. Pike spaghetti which rendered the off ramp more workable.

Some bureaucrats tried to deed the place to Harvard without restriction.

The legislature caught them.

The legislature made the transfer contingent on continuing to provide transportation needs of the community.

Harvard conveniently ignored the severity of the legislative limitation on its ownership.

E. Excellent guest.

I brought to the meeting a visiting professor from the University of Graz in Austria, Professor Robin Pope.

I have shown Robin around the situation on the Cambridge side of the Charles River because of her interest in the Charles River White Geese.

She neglected to mention that she is a transportation expert.  And a clearly impressive speaker.

She did me proud.  She made some excellent comments and displayed good grasp of the issues, including the limits of building transportation upon transportation upon transportation.

And she very effectively put in a good word for the Charles River White Geese.

She made me proud.

Here are some views she had of the Charles from the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where she has been staying.  I led with one of my photos.  The Hyatt Regency is on the north side of Memorial Drive heading east.  In buildings of importance, going east from the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area, first comes Boston University’s Cambridge Boat House on the river, and then comes the Hyatt.

The photos show Memorial Drive and the Charles directly in front of the hotel, the Charles and Boston to the east of the hotel, and the Charles to the west of the hotel.  The last photo shows BU's Cambridge Boat House, the Wild Area, the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge, and the BU Bridge, respectively.

The lead photo to this blog report is a more distant version of the last photo.  The two massive buildings in the upper right of the lead photo are Boston University’s massive, rather new, dormitories which are a few buildings from and which tower over the area that Harvard owns and MassDOT is rearranging.

3. Conclusion.

OK, I have given you the basics of the meeting.

Next will come the policy coming up in the next meeting.  This will include photo, maps, etc.

This is the difficult part.  But this is a logical separation of reports.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Charles River White Geese in the Heat of Summer

The Charles River White Geese in the Heat of Summer

1. Introduction.
2. Photos.

1. Introduction.

I have three stories pending.  I am doing them in the order that my personal work effort has progressed.

Today, I will show you photos of the Charles River White Geese from last Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

My next report will likely be of a report I am getting concerning the treatment of Canada Geese by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (the Dreaded DCR) or the City of Boston in the Muddy River Reservation.  This reservation is a mile or so south of the BU Bridge on the road which crosses the BU Bridge.  I hope I have the name correct.  The naming situation is similar to that of highways in the New England area, use as many different names as possible for the same entity.  That will confuse drivers and make the situation that much more dangerous.

After that, I anticipate I will report of the MassDOT meeting, also on Wednesday, which showed some fruitful sparks.  MassDOT has been the adult in the room with the Dreaded DCR and the City of Cambridge.  Among other things being discussed is introduced parkland on the Boston side of the Charles River.  One suggestion I will have is that MassDOT gets very specific to prevent more environmental irresponsibility by the Dreaded DCR.

2. Photos.

It was a hot day, in the 90s.

The destructiveness of the Dreaded DCR is particularly apparent.

The Dreaded DCR’s designated environmental destroyer, the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” did major destruction of ground vegetation promptly after being designated by the DCR as its agent for environmental destruction.  They destroyed as much ground vegetation as was feasible, given plans for excessive destruction as part of the Dreaded DCR’s BU Bridge repair plans.  That destruction was at least 50% more than was necessary.

The Dreaded DCR then made things worse by allowing /encouraging use of this sensitive area for parking by railroad workers when parking was readily available next to Memorial Drive.  MassDOT did responsible parking implementing DCR plans for the BU Bridge work.  DCR lowered itself to its proudly vile level.

The Cambridge Conservation Commission objected to the destructive parking.  The DCR told the workers to back up beyond the tiny CCC jurisdiction.  The stones were dumped on the ground apparently gratuitously.

The first photo is in the area of the Dreaded DCR blessed destruction under a magnificent tree, an area which used to be heavily vegetated and beautiful.

The second photo includes area within the jurisdiction of the CCC, near the river.  Destruction had already been accomplished and the Dreaded DCR would not show any decency, of course.

Here are a couple of photos of the Charles River White Geese enjoying the water and apparently preparing to go in.

In the first photo, the goose with black markings, on the right, is a second / third generation goose descended either from Brown Beauty, the White China female with vestigial Brown China Markings who was the daughter of Bumpy, or from the Brown Toulouse who was abandoned in 2000 and found a mate in the gaggle.

Third from the right in the first photo and at the very right in the second photo is the male White China with vestigial Brown China markings, he was bred in 2005.

The two photos I led with above are enlargements of the following two photos, cropping into the featured birds.

Here is a solo photo of the brown male.

Here is a photo of the apparent survivor of two sibling Pekin Ducks abandoned in 2006.

The Charles River White Ducks were found by a large group of us doing a memorial service on the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Bumpy, the then long time leader of the gaggle.

The Charles River White Ducks were so innocent that they thought dogs were their friends.  I saved one of them that day by kicking a dog who had his teeth on the neck of one of them.

The head of the Charles River Urban Wilds Initiative showed the Charles River White Ducks what that blue stuff was for by backing into the Charles River while hand feeding the siblings.  Once the siblings found out what the blue stuff was all about, they took to the Charles River like ducks to water.

In the photo, there are two female Mallard Ducks below the White Ducks survivor.  The two White Ducks added one of Mallard females as a friend quite awhile ago.  I have had extended periods when I was not certain if one of the two White Ducks had passed away because I would only see one of the White Ducks with their female friend for extended periods. The missing member eventually showed up again, perhaps having attempted to nest.  Most recently, it has looked like the current threesome.

Here is a photo from 2008, courtesy of Phil Barber, showing the Charles River White Ducks, Daphney and Mandrake.

I have a Phil Barber photo of them which I looked for and have not found.  It shows the proud pair with their then brood on the Charles River.  No member of the brood survived.  Our guess has been that the babies were prey to hawks, and the parents, not having been raised in the wild, did not have the skills to know how to defend / hide the babies from threats.

And here is a photo of the same area as above from the BU Bridge, in the manner of my last group of photos.

Here are examples of nature healing the outrage created by the Dreaded DCR.

The gray line is a plastic wall that separated the BU Bridge work / “replacement” area from the area destroyed by the Charles River "Conservancy."  The large bushes are native bushes remaining after the vile attacks.  The vegetation on the ground is runners from the undestroyed native vegetation.  Nature is healing itself.

And all those stones are the Dreaded DCR / its accomplices bragging about their rottenness.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Charles River, 2015, Charles River White Geese enjoy their summer

Charles River, 2015, Charles River White Geese enjoy their summer

Passing on a few summer photos of the Charles River White Geese in the Charles River, taken from above.

These photos are taken from the BU Bridge.  The railroad bridge to the right is the Grand Junction railroad bridge, sought to become an off ramp from I90 (Mass. Pike) to Cambridge.

The treed area is the Destroyed Nesting Area where the Charles River White Geese are confined without food.  Looking at the shore line very carefully, you will note a brown area.

This probably was created by the destruction of the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” which conducts environmental destruction on the Charles River for the dreaded DCR (Department of Conservation and Recreation).

Not long after the CRC started destroying for the dreaded DCR, massive amounts of ground vegetation were destroyed, pretty much all the ground vegetation in the Wild Area on the east side of the railroad tracks, and, once again, probably more than half of the destroyed nesting area, including the important parts, on the Charles River and below the railroad tracks.    The rest of the destruction is areas left over from the BU Bridge project which were left as dirt.

Ground vegetation not destroyed by the CRC was part of the CRC avoiding the areas slated to be destroyed as part of work on the BU Bridge.  Poisons must have been used because the destruction has continued for years as bare earth, only made worse by employees of the railroad with the approval of the dreaded DCR.

The best remaining ground vegetation is vegetation which bordered on the BU Bridge construction area.  That area is vibrant and excellent, exactly what would have continued without these vile people.

Here are three photos, along with croppings.  They look beautiful to me.  I hope you like them.

Some dark shapes may be seen in the middle of the Charles River White Geese.  I presume these are members of the gaggle who show vestigial Brown China markings or the female Toulouse Goose who was abandoned in fall 2000.  The Toulouse mated with a member of the gaggle and they have raised a family.

Some of the offspring of the Brown China marked geese and of the Toulouse continue to have dark features in their coats.

This is the beauty which vile government entities and their undisclosed cheerleaders are attacking.  Further destruction is probably included in the State House’s $20 million vote of 2014, which also destroys hundreds of trees between here and the Longfellow Bridge on the Charles River.

The Cambridge City Council is working on their own destructive plans for the Grand Junction Railroad.  They lie about the plans through omission.  They brag about the stuff which will please the voters and lie by saying, through omission, that the plans have nothing to do with the Charles River.

The voters get very touchy about the Charles River, and if reality were in play in the City of Cambridge, ten city councilors (out of nine) would have explanations to give, at minimum, particularly the environmental destroyers who lie that they love the environment.

ADDENDUM: The little guys are probably Mallard Ducks.  Interesting there are no Canadas in any shot.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Woody Allen and Responsible Environmental Management

Woody Allen and Responsible Environmental Management

1. Context.
2. Responsible Environmental Management.
3. Photos.
A. Woody Allen’s set.
B. The rest of the area.
C. Other, undated shots.
4. Photos of the Charles River and Cambridge.
5. The difference.

1. Context.

Yesterday, July 31, 2015, I saw Woody Allen’s just released “Irrational Man” at the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA.  It has apparently been released on a limited basis with negligible advertising.  I want to thank Elaine Victoria Gray for tipping me off.

I am a professional, union, actor.  In addition to serious movie acting, I do background work.  Last Summer, I worked in the Newport area on this Woody Allen movie.  I knew what to look for, so I did see me in one shot, although I would anticipate people without inside information will probably miss me.

My “reel” which is selected samples of acting work cut down to a total of two minutes, may be viewed at  This is not an environmental link.  This is presented just to show that I know how to act.

The final still in the link, however, is a posed shot from a news report of a show performed live in East Harvard Square (Boston Phoenix on line / Derek Kouyoumjian).  The venue directly abuts a very large part of Cambridge’s Massachusetts Avenue where I did the initial writing and was key in planning for changes of zoning to make the zoning more environmentally responsible, albeit large.  The area whose zoning I impacted working with one group or another covers about 85% of the area between Harvard and Central Squares.

I was personally responsible for saving a small park directly in front of the venue, which went from small bushes to a rather magnificent little piece as part of the City Manager’s related apology to the Cambridge City Council.

2. Responsible Environmental Management.

Some of the best scenes in Woody Allen’s movie were shot in a location with which I am well familiar.

They were shot in an federally owned and maintained animal habitat on the coast.  The shots were of ocean / bay, beautiful, rugged rocks with a lot of flat areas, and a small beach.

I have known this area since about 1980.  When I first visited it, the area was overwhelmingly asphalt.

The feds got serious about our world in the 1980's.  What they have done to this location is nothing less than spectacular.

The approach of the feds has been exactly the opposite of the approach to the Charles River by the City of Cambridge and their accomplices in the state bureaucracy’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The difference is that between horribly destructive massive expenditures of money on the Charles River and responsible, careful, financially economical love of the environment near Newport.

The feds simply closed off most of the reservation.  They prohibited private vehicles and kept people out of the most sensitive areas.

The large expanses of asphalt which were there were then left untouched by humans.  Plants and animals regained this part of the world and overwhelmed the asphalt on their own.

The feds did next to nothing else.  They let nature heal itself.

The place is now spectacular.

3. Photos.

These are photos taken of the area when I auditioned for a gig in Newport in 2011.  Somewhere, I imagine, I have a much better collection.  The short of this is that, like the Charles River, this is an area close to a major city.

Further away from the city, but responsibly managed.

A. Woody Allen’s set.

I am pretty certain the beach shot is of the beach used in the movie.  The other two views are nearby locations.  The exact shore line was always pretty much untouched, but the parking lots came close.  The shot of rocks, green and water probably includes the edge of a former parking lot to the left.  Now to the left is a tiny footpath, and green, green, green.

B. The rest of the area.

When it comes to natural beauty, the beauty frequently is in the overall expanse, and of the lack of apparent touch of “civilization.”  Part of this beauty is the lack of irresponsible development.

C.    Other, undated shots.

These were probably taken before I started work one day on the Woody Allen gig.  Note the relative size of the man in the third photo.

4. Photos of the Charles River and Cambridge.

5. The difference.

The difference is between responsible people and destructive liars falsely claiming to be saints.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: neighborhood station stops, alternate route.

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: neighborhood station stops.

1. Introductory.
2. North Harvard and Cambridge Street.
3. North Harvard and Franklin Streets.
4. The alternate route.
5. Prior reports on Green Line A.
6. How you may assist.

1. Introductory.

This is the most recent in a series of reports on the possibility of a streetcar spur which could be commenced at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authorities Green Line B route on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, starting at a point just west of the BU Bridge.  The concept would run close to a number of possible sites for the Olympics 2024 proposal.

My inducement in this proposal is appreciation for plans of the Olympics planners which would undo at least a little of the outrage inflicted on the Charles River by Cambridge and its accomplices.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has reaffirmed my affection for MassDOT, as well, with its recent rejection, again, of Cambridge's demand for passenger service on the Grand Junction railroad through Cambridge with environmental harm to the Charles River and its animals, to air in Cambridge, and to traffic in Cambridge.  MassDOT has repeatedly shown itself to be the adult in a room with the very destructive City of Cambridge and the dreaded DCR.

The street car spur would  run through the wasteland which contains the Brighton - Cambridge exit ramps from I90 (Mass. Pike) and which contains the remnants of an, until recently, vibrant rail yard.  This area is now owned by Harvard University with the very clear intent of moving the Harvard Medical School there sometime in the 21st Century if not later.  The area has some intended uses for the Olympics and, I should think, could contain many more.

The route would continue through the residential North Allston neighborhood past Harvard Stadium and Business School, and connect to the existing Harvard Station on the Heavy Rail Red Line rapid transit at one of three locations.

Here is my map of the concept.

My analysis has brought details of the preferred Green Line A in the Commonwealth Avenue end through the future Harvard Medical School area, and details at the Harvard Station end and how it would connect to the Charles River.

This report will bring the preferred alternative in the residential neighborhood.  The MassDOT presentations have stressed supposed values of two proposed commuter rail stations to the neighborhood.  These two stations would be in the neighborhood.

Here is the enlargement of the proposal showing the two stations and the alternative route which has been suggested.  I will first go into great detail as to the locations where I propose the new stations to be.  Then I will briefly analyze the alternative route.

All Green Line service will be operated two stories below ground.  This will comply with the normal mode of construction of the most recent underground stations.  This will reduce disturbance to residents because of the greater muffling of sound.  At the stations, the upper levels will provide more efficient management of passengers service.

2. North Harvard and Cambridge Street.

Here is a photo taken two blocks into the neighborhood on North Harvard Street.

The cars crossing the road at the far end of the area are on Cambridge Street.  The raised Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) is beyond those cars.  The trees beyond the cars block view of the Mass. Pike.

The last block before Cambridge Street, on the right, contains the yellow apartment building and a retail store on the corner.

Here is a view from the opposite side of North Harvard Street.  Here we see the gas station on the corner which occupies the first block on the left.

These are two photos of the location I propose for the North Harvard and Cambridge Street Station.  Visibility to the public would primarily be from headhouses above ground, with bus stops for access.

These photos show the apartments in the prior photos from the Cambridge Street view.

The Mass. Pike will be coming down and be moved away from Cambridge Street.

Here is a close up shot of the Mass. Pike side of Cambridge Street.  Headhouses would be right and left.

Here is one of the most recent reconstruction plans that I am aware of.  There is still a lot of discussion about specifics.  Nevertheless, the plans show the location of the many small residential properties in the area.

This plan calls for a second branch of Cambridge Street to be constructed between the current Cambridge Street and the relocated Massachusetts Turnpike.  North Harvard and Cambridge Street is the second marked intersection from the left.  In the above photo, the new connecting street would be located exactly where the middle stop light is.

The photos I started with were taken close to the intersection of Hooker and North Harvard Streets.

This area was devastated by the construction of the Mass. Pike.

Here are photos of the area of Cambridge Street around Cambridge and North Harvard, starting at the left on the plan and moving to the right.

I lived in the neighborhood during construction of the Mass. Pike east of this point.  My residence was after demolition and after building of the Mass. Pike to this point.  I assume both sides of Cambridge Street were similar.

There continues to be a very major residential neighborhood which includes significant structures still on Cambridge Street.

Here are photos of the nearby neighborhood.

3. North Harvard and Franklin Streets.

Repeating my station plan, this station would be the higher station on the left, the one closest to the left, marked Station 5.  As the crow flies, I lived about a block to the left of the number 5.

Here are photos of the area closest to Franklin and North Harvard.

Here are photos from the station site toward construction going in by Harvard at the Intersection of North Harvard and Western.  This construction is the same density as Harvard Square.

I would suggest one head house on each side of the Franklin - North Harvard intersection, and two headhouses at North Harvard and Western, with a station name of Franklin Square

Here are further photos of the neighborhood.

The first photo is of a building at Franklin Street and Raymond Street, the first street south and west of the intersection.  I lived in a row house on Mead Street, almost parallel to Franklin and the first street to the west.  We had a shared parking lot behind the buildings on the west side of Franklin Street.

4. The alternate route.

The map of the proposed route again.

And, once again, the plan above of the reconstruction of the Mass. Pike.

The dark blue street coming out of the middle of the top of plan is Harvard’s proposed new street, Stadium Way.

Stops would be at Stadium Way and Cambridge Street, and Stadium Way and Western Avenue.

If the route looped around and behind Harvard Stadium, there would be a stop at North Harvard and Stadium Way.  I would prefer, if this route were chosen to swing under North Harvard instead and use the stop at “Harvard Way” and North Harvard which would be central for both Harvard Business School and Harvard Stadium.

Construction would be under Stadium Way except that the eastern portion would have to be raised over the reconstructed Mass. Pike.  Maybe it would be possible to bring the Green Line route underground between East Drive Connector and Stadium Way connector.  Otherwise, it would have to be done north of Cambridge Street with an elevated station over Cambridge Street.

I do not like the alternate route.  It would be less expensive than cut and cover under North Harvard Street, but:

a. The location would be severely less valuable to the neighborhood and peripheral to the neighborhood.  North Harvard Street, by contrast, would be very convenient to the neighborhood.

b. That station over Cambridge Street would be highly intrusive.

5. Prior reports on Green Line A.

General analysis:

BU Bridge end of Green Line A:

Charles River: Green Line A Rapid Transit for Olympics — Harvard Square:

Charles River - Harvard Square:  Corrections to Green Line A Harvard Station Proposal::

Charles River, Comments:  Olympics, Green Line A; fraud in Cambridge, MA, USA City Hall”

Charles River: Green Line A for Olympics, map with options:

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit map reorganized; change Green Line B rapid transit stop name?

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: One Harvard Station site for consideration.

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: A Second Harvard Station site for consideration:

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: A third possible Harvard Station, access from JFK Park:

Charles River: Green Line A, Olympics - Changes in Harvard Station (June 17, 2015):

Charles River: Olympics Rapid Transit: crossing the Charles, Technical Considerations in Serving Passengers, Business School / Stadium stop:

6. How you may assist.

We have a facebook page named for the Charles River White Geese.  If you would be so kind as to friend the Charles River White Geese on facebook, you are clearly standing up for Earth against some truly vile destroyers lying that they are environmental saints.

All posts on the Charles River White Geese page are condensations of these blog posts with links to the actual post.  By friending, you will be informed of new blog posts by being told of the new facebook posts.

If you wish to do more, there is a link at the top of this blog to a number of suggested actions, along with a button to push if you would like to contribute financing to be used to publicize the problems.  Publicizing the truth is the soundest response to a media monopoly by a massive organization which does a lot of lying, and is aggressively destructive.  The key destroyers are extremely endangered by the truth.  They stay in power by lying about which side they are on.

The short part of this is friend, work and contribute.  The author may be contacted at

Additionally, there are neutral parties such as the Governor of Massachusetts who stand to make major political benefit from standing up to the massive waste of funds and resources targeting the Charles River and its animals and environment. The destructive actors, of course, lying, nonstop, about their own sainthood.