Friday, March 17, 2006

The official word on Harvard’s Memorial Drive Projects.

Bob Reports:

The official word on Harvard’s Memorial Drive Projects.

We reported a few week’s ago on this blog about complaints at Harvard’s Cowperthwaite project, in the middle of a residential neighborhood between east Harvard Square and the Charles River, about a block from the river. I had passed complaints I was aware of to the meeting the planning board had on planning for expansion of the Cambridge, MA, USA educational institutions.

On March 9, 2006, a committee of the Cambridge, MA, City Council had a meeting on this project. The meeting included comments on the related Mohoney site project at and near the corner of Western Avenue and Memorial Drive. It was scheduled during the daytime preventing participation by a lot of people.

A report on this meeting is included as part of the agenda for the Monday, March 20, 2006, meeting of the Cambridge, MA, City Council.

Reading the report on this meeting, it appears that some complaints which I understood were reports concerning the Cowperthwaite site concerned problems about the Mahoney site. Clearly, there are major dust problems and clearly, the university is not living up to the expected level of candor concerning hazardous substances in the soil.

The reports are at: I would be pleased to get any comments you might have at, or at

Thank you.