Tuesday, April 22, 2014

DCR Budget Cut Proposed - Great, especially H3332, historical parkways, but can we totally defund them?

The most visible member of the Cambridge Machine in support of destruction on the Charles River by the Department of Conservation and Recreation is shocked that they are being cut back in the budget.

This woman explained the starvation wall at Magazine Beach playing fields as an example of DCR incompetence. She claimed they are capable of destroying bordering vegetation everywhere else but are too incompetent to chop down bushes when they further the DCR’s goal of killing off as many residents animals as they can get away with.

Then when the DCR wanted to double the destruction, more poisons, more healthy grass destroyed, add part of the project to destroy hundreds of trees along the Charles, she presented them to a meeting. She was then shocked that the meeting had people who objected to more destruction on the Charles River. So she indulged in corrupt behavior to get the DCR a fake “vote” in favor of more destruction when they could not get it honestly.

I very strongly hope that the cut at minimum is in H3332, bond authorization for “historical parkways” section. That is where the destruction of hundreds of trees on the Charles River is.

But the reality is that this entity is simply unfit to manage the environment. This entity has no reason to be trusted. There has been too much lying. There has been too much destruction.

The DCR has contempt for the animals they should be protecting, and their mentality is “destroy, destroy, destroy” especially when they have fake protective groups in Cambridge running around lying that the DCR is worthy of respect.

Please contact your legislator. Encourage them to totally defund the DCR and give their responsibilities to people fit to do their job. And especially defund H3332, historical parkways section.

The deadline she is concerned about, I understand, is Friday, cut, when these folks are concerned, such a deadline should not be considered absolute.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

The Green Line (streetcar / light rail) Spur Harvard and the Cambridge Machine are Trying to Kill?

1. Boston Area Where the Green Line (streetcar / light rail) Spur should go and which Harvard and the Cambridge Machine are trying to overload.
2. Massive Tree Destruction, Terrible past record, previous post on the Mass Transit Needs / Plans.
3. Lesser importance to Harvard but very destructive to the Charles River.


1. Boston Area Where the Green Line Spur should go and which Harvard and the Cambridge Machine are trying to overload.

This report assumes basic knowledge. Supporting materials are in the latter part of the report. The photos in this section were all taken on April 18, 2014.

My most recent communication on this matter, my letter to MassDOT, goes into preliminary detail on the responsible Green Line spur to Harvard’s future Medical School location which the Cambridge Machine and Harvard are trying to kill by overloading a key part of the area where MassDOT is rebuilding the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90), at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/to-massdot-harvard-is-trying-to-kill.html.

I will probably supplement this letter with a letter to MassDOT which parallels this report.

The key is that the area can only hold so much. Therefor the Cambridge Machine is fighting openly and otherwise to overload the area and prevent a responsible Green Line streetcar access while pushing for a horribly expensive Red Line deep bore tunnel for access which would be “made necessary” because a responsible Green Line spur would be prevented because of the overloading of the area covered by the following phots.

The area of the Massachusetts Turnpike under attack by Harvard and the Cambridge machine is shown on Boston University’s map of the area. This is the area which should be used by a Green Line streetcar spur providing transportation to the Harvard Medical School. Broader scale satellite photos are included at the end of this report is the summary provided there.

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Railroad uses are not shown by Boston University on their map. The BU Bridge is to the right. The Massachusetts Turnpike is the lower of the two brown areas. Immediately below, for the most part, the Massachusetts Turnpike is the route that would work for the Green Line (street car) spur to support the new Harvard Medical School.

In the middle of this photo, on the right of Buick Street, building numbered 12, is the only building which could possibly be impacted by Green Line construction, and given the ability to rearrange the Massachusetts Turnpike, this is unlikely. The area possibly impacted is one story high and looks like it is used for parking.

The oval building on the next corner is Boston University’s Agannis Arena. Construction of a stop behind Agannis Arena on the new Green Line spur could be of great value to Boston University.

The grey area at the top of the map is the railroad yards / Mass. Pike area that MassDOT is rearranging in this project.

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This photo is taken from the BU Bridge. The grey area on the far side of the grass is the Massachusetts Turnpike. Vertically in the middle, horizontally on the left, are the supports for Commonwealth Avenue running over the Massachusetts Turnpike. The support beams go from very thick over the Massachusetts Turnpike to less than half the height as you progress from left to right. The smaller supports are over the railroad.

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The large buildings straight ahead are residence halls behind Agannis Arena. They approach the Massachusetts Turnpike but are separated from it by a road which is the extension of Buick Street. The photo was taken through a woven fence which blocks part of the photo, probably along with my finger.

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This is Commonwealth Avenue above the railroad. The plates above the railroad start with the two parallel lines running from the bottom left corner and up almost to the parking meter.

To the left is the Cadillac Olds building, now owned by Boston University, and very visible in the left of photo 0644, above.

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This is the reserved streetcar area in the middle of Commonwealth Avenue. The plate edge which was barely visible in the previous photo is extremely clear here. The plate edge which constitutes the far end of the railroad is the lighter brown area which crosses the streetcar area and then Commonwealth Avenue beyond the car on the right.

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This is the portion of the streetcar area closer to the BU Bridge.

Switches to run the Green Line spur off the main line would need to be inserted near the point of the camera or slightly behind the point of the camera. The tracks would need to cross the highway at an angle to the cars and go over the side of the Commonwealth Avenue bridge to the right.

Behind the camera at the intersection with the BU Bridge is a signalized intersection which is being reorganized as part of another highway proposal. Those signals will need to be coordinated with streetcar use.

The sort of switch needed is primitive railroading. Maybe a mile straight ahead is Packard’s Corner. The streetcar tracks we are looking at are designated as the B line. The letter B comes from the fact that there was a similar switch at Packard’s corner by which the B line went left and the A line went straight ahead.

Not at all complicated.

In fact, building a Green Line spur to support Harvard’s new Medical School would fit in the Green Line nomenclature as a new A line.

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This is the railroad going under the preceding views of Commonwealth Avenue. Note the smaller supports over the railroad and the larger supports above the Massachusetts Turnpike. You can see cars moving from the below street route of the Mass. Pike on the other side of Commonwealth Avenue to the raised section which is slated for destruction.

The black structure to the right is a wall abutting parking for the College of Fine Arts, building 15 in the BU map above.

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The structure on the left is the College of Fine Arts. The structure on the right is the Massachusetts Turnpike. The railroad tracks are to the right of the concrete wall. The support, if it were not likely to be torn down, could hold the Green Line spur. The brick building is the residence halls behind Agannis Arena which I mentioned above.

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Closer view of the support.

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Following supports behind the College of Fine Arts. Notice the amount of room available for a Green Line spur on air rights.

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Here is the one spot where a Green Line Spur on air rights might possibly have to go over a BU building under the current Mass.Pike configuration (building numbered 12 on the BU map). This is a one story structure abutting very large buildings. Perhaps air rights could be achieved. Perhaps the Mass. Pike could be moved. Perhaps this small portion of the structure would have to be demolished and relocated.

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Photo from the top of building 12.

Note the support for the Mass. Pike straight ahead and the railroad below. It is entirely possible the Green Line spur could be constructed without impacting this building.

This support was seen from the opposite side in prior photos. To the right is the segment of the College of Fine Arts shown in those photos. Above it is the main building.

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The railroad tracks, supports and Mass. Pike to the left of the prior photo.

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Another view swinging further left. The Charles River is in the background. The BU Bridge can be seen to the right.

The tracks visible under the far end of the Mass. Pike structure are the tracks which go over the Grand Junction railroad bridge.

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Swinging around further to the left, here is the extension of Buick Street between the residence halls and the Mass. Pike. The main level of the residence halls is very close to the height of the Mass. Pike. Building on air rights above this road would create an ideal location for a Green Line stop servicing the western part of the BU campus including these residence halls and Agannis Arena.

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Current use. The train to Worcester from Boston.

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Looking up Buick Street next to the location of the previous photos.

The two or three story brick structure in the distance is on the far side of Commonwealth Avenue. The building to the immediate right is the residence hall structure.

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The opposite view on Buick Street. The Mass. Pike is the raised structure at the end of the street.


Please note from the BU Map above and from the satellite photos below that this is the end of the tight area. After this, you are in Harvard’s property / the railroad / Mass. Pike area which is the main part of the MassDOT consideration.



2. Massive Tree Destruction, Terrible past record, previous post on the Mass Transit Needs / Plans.

This is the latest in a series responding to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) public meeting on April 10, 2014, concerning rebuilding of the Massachusetts Turnpike near the Charles River.

I anticipate I will be sending a very similar report to MassDOT.

The meeting was stacked, as usual, by the Cambridge Machine. The Cambridge Machine has a long record of calling people out on matters without telling the victims full details of how the Cambridge Machine is using them.

The Cambridge Machine so far has achieved acres of government destruction of the irreplaceable Alewife Reservation while lying it was defending it. Total destruction is likely. The Cambridge Machine is fighting for the continuation of and expansion of outrageous destruction on the Cambridge side of the Charles River including heartless animal abuse. Bond authorization for destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU and Longfellow Bridges is in Governor Patrick’s house bill H3332 under the euphemism, historical parkways. Whether Governor Patrick has been meaningfully informed is not certain.

I have posted the plans for the H3332 destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU and Longfellow Bridges at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html. I have posted my objections to a Cambridge Machine activist praising a fake neighborhood association. My post includes a key aspect of her record. It is posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/massdot-meeting-concerning-charles.html.


3. Lesser importance to Harvard but very destructive to the Charles River.

One of the many con games being pulled is that of a bicycle highway. One bicycle highway would destroy those hundreds of trees on Memorial Drive, but that is to allow Memorial Drive to handle an off ramp from the Mass. Pike to Cambridge.

The tree destruction included in House Bill H3332, Historical Parkways section, is posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

My photos showing planned destruction from an off ramp over the Charles River to Cambridge are posted at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-harvards-targeted-off-ramp.html and http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-reality-of-harvard-universitys.html.

Here are three key photos.

One, taken from above the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge shows a green traffic sign in the background.

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Look straight ahead of the track and slightly to the right. The sign is a green sliver.

The others show the area being torn down by MassDOT with that traffic sign very visible.

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The traffic sign is straight ahead. Note the pull over road to the right.

Here is the pull over road with the Grand Junction railroad bridge in the background.

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There are two large trees to the right of the pullover. To the right of the trees is the green Grand Junction railroad bridge.

The highway you see in all of these photos is slated to be torn down according to the April 10 meeting. These photos were taken in February 2014 and previously published on this blog.

Here is the relevant part of a satellite photo submitted in a 2006 environmental report by the local public transit authority.

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The area of the Massachusetts Turnpike being torn down is the wide greyish area in the middle, bottom of the photo, separated by a darker grey area from the Charles River. The BU Bridge runs up and down to the right. The Grand Junction railroad bridge is below it. The ghetto to which the Charles River White Geese have been heartlessly confined and are suffering further abuse is in the upper part of the photo directly above the Charles River and between the BU Bridge and the Grand Junction railroad.

At the very bottom of this photo is Commonwealth Avenue. The photos in the main part of this report are of this part of Commonwealth Avenue and of the areas below the Massachusetts Turnpike to the left of Commonwealth Avenue in the photo. The buildings next to the Massachusetts Turnpike are shown in much closer view in those photos.

In the upper left part of the photo is main part of the area being rearranged by the MassDOT rearrangement of the Massachusetts Turnpike, the future Harvard Medical School, among other uses by Harvard / its friends.

Friday, April 18, 2014

To MassDOT: Harvard is trying to kill streetcar access to its new Medical School location in favor of a much more expensive Red Line spur?

1. Introductory.
2. Different target for Harvard University and its friends: kill Green Line spur?
3. Letter to Mass. DOT.


1. Introductory.

The report is the second in a series concerning a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on April 10, 2014. That meeting concerned anticipated changes in the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) near the Charles River.

MassDOT’s representatives anticipate tearing down an elevated portion of the Massachusetts Turnpike running near the Charles River in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, MA, across from the Magazine Beach playing fields.

The first report in this series focused on a member of the Cambridge Machine pulling the usual sort of con game, scoundrel praising scoundrels. The praising individual has a readily demonstrable bad record. That report is posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/massdot-meeting-concerning-charles.html.

My recent prior reports, with photos, show the connection of Harvard’s off ramp to Cambridge to the Grand Junction Railway Bridge from the ground. The highway segments being photoed are almost all segments being considered for tearing down, and thus proving my point. You tear the highway down and it is very simple, given adequate room, to put in the off ramps.

The reports are at:

http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-harvards-targeted-off-ramp.html, and
http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-reality-of-harvard-universitys.html.

I spent considerable time preparing a detailed comment for MassDOT, but I got concerned about time factors, so, instead, I have written an abbreviated comment with details to come.


2. Different target for Harvard University and its friends: kill Green Line spur?

One big realization which came to me is that the off ramp over the Charles River may not be the most important purpose of Harvard and its friends. Harvard has proposed an extremely, horribly expensive deep bore Red Line Subway spur to service their relocated Harvard Medical School. There is a much less expensive and more responsible alternative, a street car Green Line Subway spur.

The game, however, is that the Green Line spur would have to be constructed in the exact area where MassDOT anticipates tearing down the Mass. Pike elevated highway. The MBTA study on connecting this area to Cambridge over the Charles River on the Grand Junction railroad bridge was very strong that the area is very confined for new construction.

It seems to me that, by going after an off ramp in this location, Harvard would be occupying room needed for construction of the relatively inexpensive Green Line spur, and thus Harvard would be forcing the state into a much more expensive deep bore Red Line project. Harvard would be giving the state no alternative to Gold plating, great for Harvard when somebody else is paying for it.

The deep bore Red Line spur being pushed by Harvard would be buried as deep underground as would be necessary for satisfactory construction. It would not be constricted by the geometries of this area.


3. Letter to Mass. DOT.

The following letter was mailed on April 18, 2014, about two hours before the preparation of this report

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Patricia Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT
10 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
ATTN: Bridge Project Management, Project File No. 606475

RE: Mass. Pike (I90) Rearrangement in the area west of the BU Bridge, and the rail yards.
Public Meeting April 10, 2014

Madam:

This will follow up on my comments and writings of April 10, 2014. To the extent that this conflicts with those comments and writings, I have done some very deep thinking and reevaluation.

These comments are, of necessity, presented in less detail that I am capable of doing. The problem is that the detailed analysis is getting very long and I need to get the basics to you.

I object to any rearrangement of the Mass. Pike in the area directly west of the BU Bridge, and I think that more rail yards should be constructed in the area north of the rail yards you have been discussing to support South Station to provide layover / service for Green Line streetcar service to the area.

Any and all connections from the Mass. Pike to the Grand Junction railroad bridge should be rejected for two reasons:

1. Such a route would be outrageous in its environmental destruction and heartless animal abuse.
2. Such a route would prevent use of the area west of the BU Bridge in a more functional manner at very great cost to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Additionally, any and all discussion of additional parkland on the Charles River should be rejected to the extent that such parkland moves the Mass. Pike to the south, for reason 2.

The key to reason 2 is transportation between:
1. Harvard’s Medical School, to be relocated in the current railroad yard / ramp area, and
2. Harvard’s associated hospitals in the Harvard / Longwood Medical Area.

Harvard has proposed a horribly expensive Red Line spur to be built by deep bore and requiring major reconstruction of Harvard Station. It would run from Harvard Station to the relocated Harvard Medical School to a supposed bus tunnel which would connect the Kenmore Station area to the Ruggles Station area with a stop at Louis Pasteur / Longwood.

The responsible and much less expensive alternative is a Green Line spur running off Green Line B from the middle of Commonwealth Avenue via crossovers inserted in the tracks to the west of the BU Bridge, built on air rights south of the Mass. Pike and going over / under the Mass. Pike where it turns, then proceeding underground to and under the roadway system Harvard anticipates building east of the former Charlesbank Housing, then south of Harvard Stadium followed by west of Harvard Stadium, then proceeding under the Charles River and connecting to Harvard Station by the train tunnel which continues to exist between Charles Square and the Kennedy School. An underground layover area should be created west of Harvard Stadium.

At the Harvard Station end such a facility would operate as stub end out of the layover area behind Harvard Stadium up the existing tunnel and directly and easily connecting to the Harvard Station busway from which it is separated by only a wall.

No major work in Harvard Station would be necessary.

At the Kenmore end, it should connect by walking through tunnels to a Urban Ring Subway phase 1 Orange Line spur out of Ruggles in accordance with the Urban Ring Subway Kenmore Crossing plans. This would allow direct subway service from downtown to the Harvard Medical Area at Louis Pasteur / Longwood with a temporary Urban Ring Subway terminus at Kenmore Station.

No major work in Kenmore Station for the new Green Line A would be necessary, as opposed to a major facility connecting Harvard’s Red Line spur.

This routing would be in accordance with the Kenmore Crossing alternative of the subway which was adopted as an alternative by the MBTA in 1991, after I proposed the Kenmore Crossing to the MBTA in 1986.

An expanded rail yard facility to handle route streetcars would be of great value, and possibly crucial, west / north of the South Station layover facility you propose, but the room needs to be allowed for in these plans.

My record:

I am a retired lawyer with two years administrative / managerial level railroad experience. I have written more of the Cambridge Zoning ordinance than any other person not employed by the City of Cambridge. I have worked on the Urban Ring since about 1985 and, before that, on the Red Line extension.

I am Chair of Friends of the White Geese, a nonprofit organization registered with the Attorney General’s Office since 2001. We are deeply concerned about the environment and the animals of the Charles River.

I have major victories over the administration of the City of Cambridge by vote of the Cambridge City Council using zoning as a technique for environmental protection. I have repeated victories in which I have forced responsible behavior on Harvard University as a result of votes by the Cambridge City Council and, on one key development issue, by the Cambridge Rent Control Board. At one point I obtained a preliminary injunction ON APPEAL against the City of Cambridge on a major environmental protection matter.

Most of if not all major victories defeated the organization which packed people into the meeting room.

Follow Up:

I will follow up with more exact details. I regret not being able to provide those details as rapidly as I would like, with satellite photo backup, and the MBTA Urban Ring plans in support. Please note, however, that I have posted many related analyses on my blog at charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com.

Key is that (1) there is not enough room west of the BU Bridge to both allow a Green Line route and an off ramp to the Grand Junction bridge (2) a street car layover yard should be added to the South Station layover yard, and (3) the environmental harm / animal abuse associated with highway use of the bridge must not be done. The DCR’s sick policy of killing off all resident animals it can get away with is an excellent example of the depravity of those with whom you are dealing. The ongoing deliberate starvation attack has repeatedly been described as doing “no harm” to the Charles River White Geese, as part of a pattern of lies and other corrupt tactics through which major damage is being inflicted on the river environment.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

I will follow up with responsible speed.

My past experience with MassDOT has been excellent. I consider MassDOT a breath of fresh air in comparison to the alternatives entities with which I have been faced, and [whom I (ed.)] frequently defeated over the past years.

Sincerely,


Robert J. La Trémouille

Monday, April 14, 2014

MassDOT Meeting concerning Charles River: Scoundrel Praises Scoundrels

1. Introduction.
2. Scoundrel praises scoundrels.
A. General.
B. The actions of “Activist A.”
C. You can’t possibly be that stupid.
D. This woman endorsed the fake neighborhood association to MassDOT as the representative of the Cambridgeport neighborhood.

1. Introduction.

Last Thursday, I attended a meeting conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) concerning the future of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) in the vicinity of the exits to the Allston neighborhood of Boston and to Cambridge, MA.

I have been racking my brain on how to communicate this very major meeting as well as possible. I could emphasize substance. I could emphasize the turnout of the Cambridge Machine.

To me, however, there was one speech which brought to a head the filth which dominates the destruction of the environment being fought for by Cambridge, MA and its friends, and that demonstrated the core part of the rottenness.

Subsequent reports will follow on the two apparent subjects.

2. Scoundrel praises scoundrels.

A. General.

This is the core of the rotten situation. Cambridge politics lives in its own world because there are so many people who are either scoundrels or controlled by scoundrels running around praising each other that it is next to impossible for decent human beings to recognize reality. The “reality” they are being presented is a very warped version of reality, but decent human beings are overwhelmed by a feeling that all these folks cannot possibly be wrong. That feeling is incorrect.

B. The actions of “Activist A.”

Activist A spoke at the meeting in favor of the fake neighborhood association the Cambridge Machine is putting out as the “Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association.” She is part of the Cambridge Machine. The fake neighborhood association is part of the Cambridge Machine. So, of course, she praised the fake Neighborhood Association.

C. You can’t possibly be that stupid.

This is commonly the key criteria in the evaluation of scoundrels and folks controlled by scoundrels in Cambridge, MA, USA. Whether they are one or the other is irrelevant. They all function the same. So there is no functional difference. As far as I am concerned, if they function as scoundrels whether through stupidity or otherwise, they are still scoundrels. I have better things to do that try to save the unsaveable.

I AM GIVING ONLY ONE EXAMPLE. I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON.

Activist A and her friends ran around for months pushing a proposal for Lechmere Station on the Green Line which they lied was the neighborhood proposal. Why was it the neighborhood proposal? Because she called it the neighborhood proposal. There was no other basis to call it the neighborhood proposal, a standard technique of the Cambridge Machine.

Lechmere Station is the current northwestern terminus for the Boston area collection of streetcars. This collection of streetcars is referred to by the name of the “Green Line.”

Lechmere Station as it has been for a Century, give or take, is being abandoned because the streetcar line is extending beyond Lechmere Station to Union Square, Somerville, and to Tufts University. In order to get there, the existing Lechmere Station is being replaced by a new Lechmere Station on the other side of a main boulevard.

The existing Lechmere Station will not be used after the relocation of the streetcar line, so there is a good reason to be concerned about the future of the site.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation proposed that it be turned into a park.

Parks are nice. Cambridge, MA has much less parks than it should have and it is next to impossible to find appropriate space available for park creation in this densely developed city.

Activist A did not like the park proposal. Activist A thought it called for too much open space.

So Activist A proposed an alternative. Like so many Cambridge Machine projects, her project turned on a secret definition.

She ran around yelling that she wanted a plaza and “neglecting” to mention her secret definition of a plaza.

Her secret definition of a “plaza” was a ten story building on the western end of Lechmere Station and a four story building on the eastern end of Lechmere Station with a plaza between the two.

So, if you opposed her “plaza” and supported the DCR proposal of 100% open space, you were condemned as anti open space by the Cambridge Machine.

Need I say more?

She and her friends, by lying that they were meaningfully fighting for open space, and lying that they were “the neighborhood,” overwhelmed the discussion and helped kill meaningful open space for the Lechmere Station site.

I do not know whether their destructiveness helped a developer or helped some sort of bizarre goal of the City of Cambridge.

What I do know is that this “activist” hurt the neighborhood and the city by helping kill 100% meaningful open space at Lechmere Station through the technique of

(1) lying that they were fighting for open space

(2) lying that they were “the neighborhood,”

(3) a secret definition that two buildings with a plaza between them was open space, rather than the DCR proposal for 100% open space, and

(4) a very sick use of misleading words with secret definitions.

This is the way things are done in Cambridge, MA, USA. This is the Cambridge Machine.

D. This woman endorsed the fake neighborhood association to MassDOT as the representative of the Cambridgeport neighborhood.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

MA State Meeting Tonight: Mass. Pike (I90) Off Ramp to Cambridge over the Charles River.

Tonight, April 10, 2014, at 6:30 pm, Massachusetts transportation planners will present plans for the rearrangement of the Massachusetts Turnpike (I90) in the area where Harvard is maneuvering to move its Medical School and other facilities.

The meeting will be conducted in Union Square in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, in the Jackson-Mann School.

Irresponsible bicycle activists are being called out to work as the stalking horse.

It is impossible to tell at this point the level to which the planning is above board, except that it is very clear the destructive bicycle activists will be shafted.

Governor Patrick’s $24 million in House Bill H3332 to destroy hundreds of trees between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge is part of the package. The destruction of these trees makes Memorial Drive converted to highway standards to accept the new off ramp’s traffic.

Prior reports on this issue include two detailed reports with photos on how the off ramp will be built, including the responsible alternate route to which the irresponsible bicycle activists will be moved:

http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-reality-of-harvard-universitys.html
http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/02/photos-harvards-targeted-off-ramp.html

Tree destruction plans: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

My most recent report goes into very abbreviated analysis on large scale corrupt practices by Cambridge and its Cambridge Machine on development issues. This report includes blatant, easily provable, lies over a a twenty year period by Cambridge planners. It is at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/cambridge-machine-con-game-working-to.html.

And to the level anybody tells you differently, please remember the 45 year Cambridge Rent Control activist who is now fighting against Rent Control and does not want to know reality: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/case-study-near-50-year-rent-control.html.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Cambridge Machine Con Game working to destroy their Zoning Ordinance

1. The latest con.
2. My Record.
a. The former Inn at Harvard building.
b. Historical Building at 10 Mount Auburn Street.
c. Alewife.
d. Other.
3. Fraud on / near Memorial Drive.
a. Hotel zoning change.
b. Grand Junction Zoning.
c. I could keep going.
c. I could keep going.
4. Major zoning proposals based on lies.
5. The pattern of fake protective groups which help the policies of the City of Cambridge.
6. There is no reason to trust the employees of the City of Cambridge, or the Cambridge Machine, which, like a good company union, keeps the trouble makers under control.

1. The latest con.

For years the Cambridge Machine has yelled about the need for a “Master Plan”. Now the city has a councilor who is an architect and has had a distressing record on zoning / development issues. So they are pushing to destroy the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance in the name of creating a “Master Plan”, i.e. a zoning ordinance written by the developers.

The game with a “Master Plan” is that this would destroy the zoning ordinance because only the “experts” understand the games that go on with such large scale zoning maneuvers. The routine is that the developers are happy because they know what is going on and the voters are happy because they believe what they are told is going on.

Cambridge has a long record of neighborhoods creating zoning to protect neighborhood interests. Those interests would be casually destroyed and buried in fine print and fake protections.

The fake protections are to “allow public input” which is, under law of no value if negligible protections are simply complied with. Concerned folks get next to nothing. But they are allowed to talk and be ignored in exchange for destroying meaningful zoning.

A specific residential area which would be destroyed is the residential neighborhood on Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Central Squares. The City and the Cambridge Machine are offended by grass around buildings and by first floor housing, WHEREVER THEY CAN FIND AN EXCUSE TO DESTROY them.

But remember, first and foremost, when dealing with the Cambridge Machine, whether you are talking to a knave or a fool is irrelevant. The only thing that is relevant is whether they really are on the side they claim to be on.

Remember the 45 year rent control activist who is now fighting against rent control and will not be concerned with reality.

2. My Record.

I have written more of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance than any person not employed by the City of Cambridge, MA, USA.

I used this as a environmental technique to make the City of Cambridge more environmentally responsible. I worked with various groups concerned about the world they live in.

The most visible targets have been Harvard Square and Harvard University.

I very skillfully increased publicly usable open space while emphasizing development which would generate a minimum reasonable number of vehicle trips.

Cambridge has twice the jobs or more it should have in comparison to its population. In addition to open space, it thus needs housing to get folks closer to their work and minimize trips.

I have been involved in downzonings and legal initiatives impacting areas highly visible to people concerned about the environment and the world of Cambridge. My most frequent enemies have been the city staff and the Cambridge Machine, an accumulation of interlocked groups which uses great words but which very clearly operates as an adjunct to the city administration.

I recall one guy in an important group who presented himself as a zoning expert. His expertise turns out to be that he goes to the city’s development people to find out what his opinion is.

I have downzoned 85% of Massachusetts Avenue between Harvard and Central Squares to emphasize open space and housing compatible with this existing very residential area and with the adjoining residential streets.

Individual victories which stand out are:

a. The former Inn at Harvard building.

This project is located at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Harvard Street in eastern Harvard Square.

The building is quite large but has yards around it and is limited in height to 5 ½ stories. Harvard wanted it 72% larger and built to the lotline.

An individual who was a creator of the Mid-Cambridge branch of the Cambridge Machine showed up in a key meeting and bullied concessions from the neighborhood group with the flat out lie “You have made a deal with the city council. Now you have to negotiate with the planning board.

This flat out lie allows the destruction of open space on the side streets and replacement of housing with retail. These are two standard goals of the Cambridge Machine.

The same person and his friends fought against my other two major downzonings between there and Central Square, repeating fighting for the destruction of ground open space and first floor housing in favor of retail with generation of much more pollution from cars.

This area would be one of the first whose protections are destroyed.

b. Historical Building at 10 Mount Auburn Street.

This building was constructed in the 1890's. I saved it from destruction based on Rent Control protections. Harvard has since built in the area. Saving this building maintained an important historical framework which could very likely have been the basis for the subsequent Harvard construction on the side streets.

As usual a Cambridge Machine operative “created” a neighborhood association to push for the building’s destruction. When he lost the first vote, he redefined the boundaries of the “neighborhood.”

c. Alewife.

I wrote zoning that resulting in the return to nature of a private parking lot on parkland.

The Cambridge Machine conducted a “celebration” of the decision to return to nature. They neglected to include in the honors the woman who led the fight, Sheila Cook, or me.

They did praise themselves. And they did treat Sheila like crap.

These are the guys who succeeded in destroying acres of the Alewife woodlands while lying that they were defending Alewife. They told people to look at everything but the important stuff.

d. Other.

I could keep going.

3. Fraud on / near Memorial Drive.

a. Hotel zoning change.

Two key members of the Cambridge Machine obtained the passage of zoning to, they said, protect ground floor open space. As usual, it was a lie, written by the City of Cambridge with undisclosed fine print.

The fake neighborhood association helped it pass, of course, by telling people to look at everything else.

Then they got caught. So they passed a zoning change to allow the expansion of that hotel legalized by lies but not to build on grass elsewhere, supposedly, but key fine print sneaked in by the City of Cambridge was kept in. As usual, retail, retail, retail.

b. Grand Junction Zoning.

About ten years ago, major upzoning was inflicted on that portion of the Grand Junction railroad near the end of Putnam Avenue under the flat out lie that a subway line was certain to have a stop at Putnam Avenue.

The City of Cambridge has now lied for more than 20 years about the subway line planning.

In 1991, the state planners adopted as an alternative, a route proposed by me because I consider that station irresponsible and I consider the related Charles River destruction irresponsible.

The state has subsidized the responsible alternative by paying for transportation improvements around Fenway Park and Yawkey Station. The alternative which Cambridge is lying about would move Yawkey Station, but the state has subsidized Yawkey Station in place.

To the best of my knowledge, Cambridge has not stopped lying about the alternate routes for the “Urban Ring” subway system.

c. I could keep going.

4. Major zoning proposals based on lies.

The same guy who lied to kill part of the Harvard Square Downzoning ran around with a citywide change.

He kept pointing out provisions on a specific page which he said were great.

I kept pointing out that the next page made those provisions lies in the same manner as so many Cambridge written zoning initiatives.

These fraudulent zoning initiatives are not at all unusual.

Lovely promises turned into lies by undisclosed fine print are not at all unusual.

5. The corrupt vote of April 23, 2013

Not at all unusual.

5. The pattern of fake protective groups which help the policies of the City of Cambridge.

This has gone along too long. I could keep going and going.

This is corrupt.

6. There is no reason to trust the employees of the City of Cambridge, or the Cambridge Machine, which, like a good company union, keeps the trouble makers under control.

The record is altogether too clear.

You show me fine print. There will be massive lying.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Springtime, Destroyed Nesting Area, Animal Residents, Cambridge, Charles River, MA

1. Introduction.
2. Destroyed Nesting Area.
A. Abutting BU Bridge.
B. The rest of the Destroyed Nesting Area.
3. The Charles River by the Destroyed Nesting Area.
4. The Charles River East of the Grand Junction.


1. Introduction.

Here are a few additional photos from my visit on Sunday.

George Despotes has chastised me for all the photos from Sunday with nothing of the Charles River White Geese.

Excellent point.

My idea, for better or worse, was that my reports can get too long, and that one report on specific outrages with a separate report on the Charles River White Geese made sense.

George made an excellent point. At least one photo of the victimized heroes would have been an excellent idea.

2. Destroyed Nesting Area.

A. Abutting BU Bridge.

This is of three geese in the destroyed area next to the BU Bridge.

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Two are resting. One is looking around.

The lie of “remediation” is blatant here. This is the 50 to 100 foot zone next to the BU Bridge, left undeveloped after the introduction of introduced bushes. Presumably they were left vacant for access.

Was grass seed thrown? Was anything responsible done?

There are a couple of possible explanations.

One possibility is that the bureaucrats are offended by seeding responsible grass. They want to simply create a nightmare and then blame it on the Charles River White Geese. Then offer an “improvement.”

The last thing the bureaucrats want to do in the Destroyed Nesting Area is responsible maintenance. They were in a bind.

The bureaucrats, with the Cambridge Machine lying that the bureaucrats are responsible, have destroyed grass at Magazine Beach playing fields which did not need their beloved poisons to survive and planted sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive.

The bureaucrats, with the corrupt assistance of the Cambridge Machine, got a fake vote to destroy responsible grass in the area to the west of the Magazine Beach playing fields and replace responsible grass with sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive. This is in the area to the immediate west of the playing fields which contains the building that has not been used for 80 years and which contains the parking lot needed by the little guys which the corrupt vote included in the destruction.

Beyond this area is the area behind the swimming pool.

Both areas, like the playing fields did, do not need “improvements” unless you are so sick that replacing responsible grass which does not need poisons with sickly stuff that needs poisons is something you would call an improvement.

Key in the fake vote, however, is part of Governor Patrick’s destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU and Longfellow Bridges in house bill H3332.

I provided photos of each of these three areas at Magazine Beach’s playing fields in my report at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/spring-cleaning-on-charles-river.html.

I provided the tree destruction plans at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

So the irresponsible bureaucrats are in a bind. They plant responsible grass which does not need poisons, and they are proving the outrageous destruction at the Magazine Beach playing fields to be outrageous destruction. They plant sickly stuff that needs poisons to survive, and they have to work on an area they want to be destroyed.

The answer: they will blame it on the Charles River White Geese. Say that the Charles River White Geese in response to the bureaucrats and Cambridge’s heartless starvation of them, had the nerve to eat whatever they dumped in that area.

The last explanation fits the corrupt nature of the people we are dealing with.

B. The rest of the Destroyed Nesting Area.

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Ground vegetation destroyed by the Charles River “Conservancy,” made worse by the railroad workers' with assistance of the bureaucrats.

The Cambridge Conservation Commission objected to the railroad workers' destruction. So the bureaucrats told their friends to back up beyond the authority of the Cambridge Conservation Commission. And crushed stone was dumped to make things worse.

3. The Charles River by the Destroyed Nesting Area.

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Happily enjoying their beloved water.

In the background of the first photo are supports for the Grand Junction railroad bridge which the Cambridge Machine and a whole bunch of other people are fighting as secretly as possible to turn into an off ramp from the Mass. Pike. (I90) to Cambridge to assist Harvard’s development of the existing off ramp into a relocated Harvard Medical School.

They are not saying they want such a thing? They are saying to look one of three monkeys: the one that sees no evil.

These people cannot fight to prevent any and all discussion of multiple outrages, slam through a corrupt vote to expand the outrages and then claim to be neutral on the outrages.

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These are two more happy geese in a very telling location.

The near portion was thickly vegetated and very popular for nests until the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” destroyed the ground vegetation. None of the very extensive destruction by the CRC has ever regrown. It must be assumed that CRC sewed poison to keep the ground vegetation dead.

4. The Charles River East of the Grand Junction.

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These are the Charles River White Ducks, with (not pictured) a Mallard Duck friend. They were dumped at the Magazine Beach playing fields as babies. They trusted dogs and did not know what that blue stuff was for.

I saved their lives from a dog attack. The folks from the Charles River Urban Wild Initiative showed them what the blue stuff is for. They very happily have adapted and survived for eight years. A major part of the survival, of course, is related to feeding of all free animals by the CRU undoing the deliberate starvation by the state bureaucrats and the City of Cambridge, assisted by the usual cheerleaders.

The ground next tot the Charles River east of the Grand Junction and west of the BU Boathouse is complete devastation, courtesy of the CRC acting as agent for the bureaucrats and the City of Cambridge, MA, USA with whom all general outrages are coordinated.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Spring Cleaning on the Charles River, Continued enforced Starvation for the Charles River White Geese.

1. Normality on the Charles River: Destroy, Destroy, Destroy Ground Vegetation.
2. Magazine Beach Playing Fields: Introduced Ground Vegetation is simply Allowed to Grow.
3. The new starvation wall at the Destroyed Nesting Area.


1. Normality on the Charles River: Destroy, Destroy, Destroy Ground Vegetation.

Today is April 6, 2014.

This afternoon, I took some photos at Magazine Beach. Those photos are extremely telling, except when you talk with the hypocrites from the Cambridge Machine and their friends.

Here, in turn, is the banks of the Charles River to the west of the building which has not been used for 80 years, behind the building which has not been used for 80 years and to the east of the building which has not been used for 80 years.

The banks to the west have been stripped as bare as the bureaucrats and the Charles River “Conservancy” can get away with.

















The banks behind the building see the beginning of destruction of ground vegetation. The destruction will be completed in the next week or so.

















This is the normal situation on the Charles River. Bordering vegetation is destroyed on mass. With one major exception.

2. Magazine Beach Playing Fields: Introduced Ground Vegetation is simply Allowed to Grow.

The banks to the east of the building which has not been used for 80 years see introduced vegetation simply growing and growing and growing. This is the Magazine Beach playing fields, where the Charles River White Geese lived and fed for most of the last 33 years.

















It is no coincidence that the plan which supposedly guides the bureaucrats calls for the killing off of all resident animals on the Charles River Basin, unless the bureaucrats can’t get away with it.

One of the many items the Cambridge Machine tells well meaning people to ignore is the vegetation walling off the Charles River from Magazine Beach. The very deep meaning comes at the beginning of spring, with the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” destroying ground vegetation for the state bureaucrats.

The Magazine Beach playing fields have been the home of the Charles River White Geese for most of the last 33 years. They slept there and they fed there. They were and continue to be loved by decent human beings.

Cambridge, the state bureaucrats and the Cambridge Machine (including the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy”) have been starving them for years now with an introduced wall that violated the supposedly sacred provisions of the “Charles River Master Plan.” So they changed the plan after the fact.

When the destruction was inflicted on the Magazine Beach playing fields, the state bureaucrats insisted their goal on the Charles River was water-related activities. They promised a lawn to the Charles River.

Then, somehow, Cambridge and the bureaucrats’ introduced vegetation at the banks of Magazine Beach just grew and grew. They became a starvation wall.

The key bureaucrat insisted for years that he had no intention to harm the Charles River White Geese. When this outrage was started, the Boston Globe printed a photo of a bewildered White Goose overwhelmed by a construction machine. Next to the photo, they quoted this lie from the key bureaucrat.

The bureaucrats stopped talking about water related activities. The Cambridge Machine explained the wall as bureaucrat incompetence.

Then the bureaucrats decided to expand the destruction at Magazine Beach to the area around the building which has not been used for 80 years and to the area to the west, including a segment of a highway slated to destroy hundreds of trees.

The Cambridge Machine explained the starvation wall as bureaucratic incompetence until the bureaucrats wanted to expand the destruction to the area of the building and to its west. They presented this outrage to a meeting which did not want the destruction. So the Cambridge Machine indulged in a corrupt vote.

But they all claim to love the Charles River. Just do not look at anything other than that building which has not been used for 80 years.

And do not look at its parking lot either. They are destroying that as well. While lying of their love for the picnic area that the little guys go to using that parking lot.

With, of course, the corrupt vote as justification.

3. The new starvation wall at the Destroyed Nesting Area.

This wall was inserted before the winter. It was destroyed by plows. It has been fixed.

There is a little bit of grass across the on ramp next to the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.

















Now, even that is being denied to them.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Tree Destruction Plans, Charles River, Mass. House Bill H3332.

1. Report.
2. Post Script.

1. Report.

















As promised, following are the plans submitted by the state bureaucrats the last time they tried to destroy these hundreds of trees on the Charles River between the BU and Longfellow Bridges.

Last time, the bureaucrats lied that all the trees were diseased and said that justified Obama moneys. They, however, proved the lie a lie by their filings in the City of Cambridge, plus based on the knowledge of the plans. Note the cover page says Phase 2. Phase 1 was the destruction of the diseased trees they lied were the target of Phase 2.

This time, the destruction has been part of outrageous misbehavior by the Cambridge Machine and the related, and falsely named Charles River “Conservancy”.

The Charles River “Conservancy” has run around getting signatures in support of underpasses under the next three bridges over the Charles River, without telling folks that the underpasses were linked to this massive destruction of trees to which has been applied yet another con name, Historical Parkways.

The three underpasses they have been talking about are opposed as environmentally destructive by the responsible entity, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

When Governor Patrick included all the destruction in his bond request, Massachusetts House Bill 3332, the CRC disclosed the dirty tricks. They publicized the fact that it was all one package, with $4 million for the “underpasses” and $24 million for the associated highways, the destruction of all those trees.

The Cambridge Machine jumped on the bandwagon supporting the “underpasses” with all their trappings.

The Cambridge Machine has created their own group which has lied about its love for the Charles River. They just call it anti Charles River to look at the destruction. They call it anti Charles River to look at anything other than a building which has not been used for 80 years. They want retail, retail, retail.

The Cambridge Machine proved themselves to be liars in their order to become monkeys with their hands over their eyes. The bureaucrats who have been in the middle of all the destruction wanted to expand the destruction at Magazine Beach, including Governor Patrick’s highway project.

The Machine presented plans at a meeting in January 2013, saw they might not win, and deferred the action to the February 2013 meeting which they conducted on April 23, 2013, driving away people responsibly concerned about the Charles River.

They then proceeded to ram through a rubber stamp by confining discussion to the last ten minutes of the meeting and keeping a very complicated vote secret. Of course, if you can read pages of legalize, understand it all, communicate in ten minutes, and, in the same ten minutes, get back the folks who were driven away, then what the Cambridge Machine did was something other than blatant corruption.

But the world lives in reality. The Cambridge Machine, a typical company union, lives in whatever lie works.

A major part of these company union tactics is to prevent discussion of a whole bunch of destruction by their friends, including this outrage, which they supported in the corrupt vote and in their support of the “underpasses.” And, as a good company union, they, of course have lied of their love of the Charles River, thus preempting responsible action on this matter.

Here are the plans the bureaucrats and their friends have been keeping as secret as they can. The plans start at the BU Bridge and go to the Longfellow Bridge. At the Longfellow Bridge, they link to the irresponsible destruction of excellent trees as part of the Longfellow Bridge project.

The same silence as consent, of course, applies to the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy.” When I publicly caught their bragging of this massive destruction, they suddenly got interested in a whole bunch of other things. The same company union gig, and really, it is silly to consider this destructive entity separate from the Cambridge Machine. They are performing the destructive function. They have the support of the rotten organization, and function ancillary to it, they just are doing damage elsewhere as well. That is they way things are done in the City of Cambridge, MA, USA.

The City of Cambridge has provided assistance by destroying excellent trees east of the BU Boathouse and across from the Hyatt Regency hotel. The BU Boathouse is just east of the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese. As part of this destruction, they walled off the banks of the Charles at that point as part of the deliberate starvation of the Charles River White Geese. This destruction was accomplished at the same time as the initial walling off of Magazine Beach, all part of the game.

And nothing is destroyed in the environment in Cambridge without participation by the City of Cambridge, employees of whom the Cambridge Machine lives to please. And the Cambridge Machine protects the elected pols. Their pitch is that the last thing anybody should do is talk to the folks with the power to hire and fire the City Manager.

And the Cambridge City Council get abridged copies of all these reports by email.

We have previously provided photos of the excellent grove at the Memorial Drive split which is being destroyed. One of the photos is at the top. All of those photos are at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/03/charles-river-magnificent-grove.html.

The current photos are being saved at a size less than used in this prior posting, hopefully to prevent an overload of this blog entry.














2. Post Script.

The following information was provided to Governor Deval Patrick through his email form at about noon time on April 2. Comparable communications have been provided to each member of the Cambridge City Council and to other interested entities.

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Plans posted for Massive Tree Destruction on Charles River pending in Legislature.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation, based on past coordination with the City of Cambridge has $24 million in the Governor’s Request for Bond Authorization for destruction of hundreds of trees on Memorial Drive between the Longfellow and BU Bridges.

This is House Bill H3332. The euphemism is Historical Parkways.

Destruction plans are posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html.

When this bill was filed, the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” announced this $24 million request for bond authorization as ancillary to $4 million for underpasses under the next three bridges which they said was also in the bond request. $24 million is ancillary to $4 million?

The plans for destruction are posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2014/04/tree-destruction-plans-charles-river.html. These are the plans submitted by the DCR when the DCR was seeking Obama moneys. At that time, the DCR called all the trees diseased, a flat out lie. That proposal and this bond authorization request are “phase 2" of the destruction. Phase 1 was the destruction of diseased trees.