Monday, May 20, 2013

Update to report on Urban Ring / Grand Junction lying by the City of Cambridge

I intended to include this report as part of another report concerning the highway proposal for the Grand Junction. That report is taking a lot of work, so I am breaking out this update.


Also concerning the Grand Junction area, on May 10, 2013, I posted my letter to the head of the Cambridge Development Department requesting that the department stop lying on the options in the Urban Ring rapid transit proposals. They say the only alternative on the table would run that rapid transit line down the Grand Junction and cross in the core habitat of the Charles River White Geese. Reality is that the state legislature is subsidizing the responsible alternative, the Kenmore Crossing.

That letter was posted at

I have passed the letter on to the Cambridge City Council. It is on the Cambridge City Council agenda for the May 20, 2013 meeting, posted at

In case the Cambridge City Council bears resemblance to a responsible entity, I provide a link in the letter to a report on this blog which shows the official plans. The post included the state’s official plans for the Kenmore Crossing and for the Cambridge preferred crossing and goes into detailed presentation of the legislature’s subsidies of the Yawkey Station in place which seems to kill the Cambridge preferred crossing. A responsible City Council would be curious as to why the Development Department has very clearly been keeping the much superior Kenmore Crossing secret in its communications for more than two decades.

This very indication of lying would normally be a cause for concern.