Monday, November 05, 2012

Boston University, the Charles River, and our world

1. Boston University’s Photo of Boston University.
2. Analysis.

1. Boston University’s Photo of Boston University.

This photo is taken from the cover on the on line version of Boston University’s Boston University Charles River Campus Master Plan. It is dated August 10, 2012, submitted by Trustees of Boston University, submitted to Boston Redevelopment Authority, prepared by FortPoint Associates, Inc., in association with CBT Architects, Greenburg Consultants, Inc., Tetra Tech.

[Editor's comment: I am trying to insert the key photo. It is on the front page of the report found through the second link immediately below. I get confused every so often. I push the envelope and it pushes back. So far, I have saved the photo in PDF but am bewildered as how to upload it from there. Help from somebody who knows what he / she is doing will be appreciated.]

The plan was last updated with the BRA on September 20, 2012. The BRA’s on line page is

You may get a copy of the complete document at

2. Analysis.

This photo shows, from Boston University’s point of view, the problems on the Charles River.

The river is to the right.

Crossing the river is the BU Bridge. Under the BU Bridge is the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.

The treed area between the two on the right is the destroyed nesting area of the Charles River White Geese. This is the area to which they have been confined since Cambridge, MA and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation started massive destruction of the environment and animal habitat on the Cambridge, right, side of the Charles River.

The building on the right below the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge is the BU Boathouse.

Since 2003, when the falsely named Charles River “Conservancy” started destroying the environment for the DCR almost all ground vegetation between the BU Boathouse and the BU Bridge has been destroyed.

Above the BU Bridge is Magazine Beach. The bizarre wall of introduced vegetation which has been created blocking off Magazine Beach from the Charles River is so massive it can seen from this aerial / satellite view.

At the top right of the photo is the railroad yard / turnpike exit now owned by Harvard University where Harvard plans to move the Harvard Medical School.

The Massachusetts Turnpike itself (I-90) is below the Harvard holdings and raised above the Charles River.

The smaller highway between the Turnpike (I-90) and the Charles River is Soldiers Field Road / Storrow Drive.

If you look carefully at Soldiers Field Road / Storrow Drive as it extends toward the camera (east), you will see, first the Grand Junction Railroad crossing Soldiers Field Road / Storrow Drive and then the BU Bridge crossing it.

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority did a study which determined that an off ramp could be built from the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) to the Grand Junction Railroad at this point or to the left of this point.

Within months, Harvard owned the highway exit.

That portion of Boston which can be seen abutting the Charles River is approximately equal in size to the habitat of the Charles River White Geese on the Cambridge side before Cambridge and friends starting their heartless abuse of the Charles River White Geese.

The first entity to attack the Charles River White Geese was Boston University. BU accomplished destruction at the destroyed nesting area in Fall of 1999 and lied for six months that they did not do it. After the Cambridge Conservation Commission condemned BU for the destruction, BU started bragging about it. BU blamed its president’s secretary for the false denials, but there is no record of any sanctions being applied to her.