B. Specific, The very terrible destruction.
II. Section 13 of the June 6, 2017 letter, Bathhouse, MicroCenter.
B. General Analysis.
III. Photo Updates - the Bathhouse and MicroCenter.
IV. Responsible Action, repeating from our letter of June 28, 2017, to the Cambridge City Council.
V. Lies, outright lies and flat out fraud. An analysis for newcomers and for people who need a refresher.
VI. Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s private exit from I90 (Massachusetts Turnpike), taken with editorial improvements, from our July 7, 2017 report.
VII. What You Can Do.
VIII. Links to Official Report, Prior Reports in this Series.
This is Posting 11 of a series placing on the internet record our attempts at preventing YET MORE DESTRUCTION on the Charles River by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), by the City of Cambridge, MA, and by their cheerleaders. Check the last section of this report for links to referenced documents which are not directly attached by reference.
The first 6 postings of this series and the 9th through 11th postings present sections of our 51 page letter to the Cambridge City Council of June 6, 2017 responding to the vote of the Cambridge City Council of April 24, 2017 to help the DCR in its destruction. Key in the vote were a few things:
(1) City Councilors preceded the vote with a rally for themselves on the steps of Cambridge City Hall. The rally loudly praised them for their environmental sainthood,
(2) In the vote, the City Council gave the impression that all they, and their accomplices, were doing is destroying “dead or dying” trees. The introduction to our letter wiped out the fraudulent word game which is the source of this false claim, and we presented photos of EVERY tree in the parklands of which they had voted to subsidize the destruction. Section V of this posting, below, repeats much of the most direct response in our letter to this fraudulent nonsense. Our series is reproducing all photographs in the 51 page report, finishing the response to this nonsense.
(3) The City Council did not communicate hugely irresponsible parts of the destruction at Magazine Beach by Cambridge and the DCR that they are continuing and making worse. The most extreme, other than tree destruction, was the bizarre walling off of the Magazine Beach playing fields by in introduced wall of vegetation which now reaches 16 feet. This bizarre wall has turned the playing fields into a situation where they might as well be 10 miles inland, a strikingly irresponsible thing to do on the banks of the Charles River.
The main purpose of this starvation wall is to starve the 36 year resident Charles River White Geese by denying them access to their food and home of most of the last 36 years. This gaggle is hugely valuable as a tourist attraction, but the “managers” cannot see beyond the tip of make work for contractors. Free animals do not make money for contractors. The DCR has a policy to kill off and / or drive away all resident animals, codifying a blatant lack of fitness on the part of the DCR to manage the environment.
(4) There is a very real goal to create a ramp to Cambridge / the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from I90, the Massachusetts Turnpike, which is visible on the Boston side of the Charles River. Meaningful activists prevented a related highway, the “inner belt” from going through Cambridge in the 1960's, and possibly got the first of a series of three interrelated City Managers fired in the process. Section V, below, repeats with editorial improvements how this project fits into the current outrage.
(5) James Leo Sullivan was rehired as City Manager in 1974, with a stated goal of creating a system of “neighborhood associations.” What he did not state was that these and other fake “protective” groups would exist hand in glove with his Development Department and act as Company Unions to PREVENT meaningful organizing in Cambridge, plus to further the development goals of the City Manager, whether the voters wanted those goals or not.
The technical term for the Sullivan creations is “company unions,” entities designed to PREVENT organization by filling a void and preventing meaningful action.
B. Specific, The very terrible destruction.
Here is a map of the Magazine Beach recreation area on the Charles River from the DCR.
Enclosed, in part II of this posting is the section I gave to the Cambridge City Council on June 6 concerning the bathhouse area trees, including four next to the MicroCenter retail building across from them. On the map, there are two generally up / down double arrow figures. The brown rectangle to the right of the left double arrow is the bathhouse. The MicroCenter retail building is the odd shaped building directly above it. The densest of the tree destruction, 30 or more doomed trees, is to the east / right of the bathhouse.
Part III of this posting presents photos from my update, taken on June 26. Some of these photos I have passed to the destroyers on the Cambridge City Council because the photos put the lie to the claim of “dead or dying” which was given as an excuse for the City Council’s June 6, 2017, support of the destruction of 54, now 56, trees in the Magazine Beach recreation area.
That letter is included in these reports, please see the final part for the link.
I am no expert in tree health, but I do try listen to experts, as long as they are not controlled “experts” Controlled, allegedly independent, entities are the norm in Cambridge. They all claim to be “experts,” and a lot of them are very much not worthy of the word because of their control by city employees.
The inclusion of the bathhouse and MicroCenter trees in the area being destroyed looks like just another techniques of fraud by the DCR. In this case, they and the Cambridge City Council have loudly and falsely implied that all the trees they are destroying are dead or dying. In the June 6 letter and these reports passing on the June 6 letter, I have pointed out truly dead or dying trees. The truly dead or dying trees are mostly part of the playing fields. The massive, irresponsibly threatened trees are mostly NOT part of the playing fields.
By including in their plans dead or dying trees which are not part of the parklands, at MicroCenter in particular, but also at the bathhouse, the DCR has artificially built up their (and the Cambridge City Council’s) lie of “dead or dying” with regard to parkland trees.
This addition would appear to be because the added trees disproportionately build up the “dead or dying” lie which gives the false impression that all 56 trees being destroyed, rather than a tiny minority, are “dead or dying.”.
There is a tree to the right (east) of the bathhouse entrance which could be dead or dying,
I have passed on to the Cambridge City Council and City Manager, to the extent I can, photos of the excellent trees destroyed by the DCR at the MicroCenter parking lot, and of the other two, which the DCR and the Cambridge City Council previously announced their wish to destroy.
Looking at the actions of the MicroCenter shopping center owner, I am persuaded to have respect for him / her. He / she treated the four trees next to the parking lot with love. The DCR and Cambridge City Council destroyed two of them. That destruction is clearly reprehensible, business as usual in the City of Cambridge, MA.
The MicroCenter owner lavished no such love on the four trees next to the MicroCenter building. My guess is that the owner’s meaningful experts agreed with the DCR that two of the four were dead or dying.
That leaves three trees in the area added which are dead or dying, thus building up the argument that the DCR and the Cambridge City Council are respectable entities.
I did the photo update on June 26 because I regretted doing a terrible job on two bathhouse trees doomed by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council to the right of the bathhouse, and next to the really dense park being destroyed by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council. So I came back to do a good job on them. That was when I discovered the destruction of the two loved trees at the parking lot.
I informed the Cambridge City Council of the early destruction, and have included that notice in an earlier posting. I am thus updating the report I gave to the Cambridge City Manager / City Council with photos from the June 26 shoot. These photos include photos not in the Cambridge City Manager / City Council notice.
This broader update is in part III of this posting.
Section 12 of the June 6 letter shows destruction implementing the 4th general goal, MIT’s private off ramp to Cambridge from I90, the Mass. Pike. This is one of several techniques being used to increase speed on Memorial Drive so that the MIT off ramp could have access to a highway on the Cambridge side more attractive to Interstate highway users.
The DCR got greedy. They added trees which are not part of the parkland to inflate their destruction numbers, improperly increasing the anemic percentage of “dead or dying” trees. In so doing, however, they brought into play one of the real purposes for the destruction.
Access to Magazine Beach’s areas that Cambridge and the DCR are destroying SLOW DOWN TRAFFIC on Memorial Drive to allow access to the park. So Cambridge and the DCR are destroying this park.
Sections 10 and 11 of June 6 letter go into the details of destruction of the park prime. Section 12 of the June 6 letter, which we present here, follows up. The destruction of the excellent little park is only part of the outrage.
One thing which, from the beginning of this latest series of outrages has been non-negotiable has been the destruction of this park.
Here is the general map of Magazine Beach that we have been using to show the area of the plans we are discussing, with the entrances from Memorial Drive which are being merged marked by dark blue spots.
Since we are dealing with people who commonly speak with a forked tongue through various techniques, it is necessary to guess as to what they are doing.
Possibly being merged are two entrances to the little guys’ parking lot, on the right, under Memorial Drive, one entrance to the parking lot being moved on top of seven excellent trees, on the left, under Memorial Drive and the two entrances to the main Micro Center parking lot. Also probably being merged is a vestigial entrance to a small MicroCenter parking lot on which the announced two of the destroyed trees were located. This lot entrance is to the right of the two MicroCenter dots and slightly to the left of middle of the three dots on the southern side of Memorial Drive.
My guess is that only one MicroCenter driveway will survive, the right of the two shown, with an entrance below it to the moved parking lot in the Magazine Beach recreation area. This driveway on the north side also happens to officially be part of a city street which is still managed by the City of Cambridge.
That relocated entrance is probably the REAL reason for the destruction of SEVEN HEALTHY AND YOUNG trees south of Memorial Drive here, and may also be related to the added destruction of TWO HEALTHY AND YOUNG trees at the MicroCenter parking lot.
This merger of driveways assists the MIT off ramp from I90 to the MIT holdings by speeding up traffic on Memorial Drive. That is detailed in part VI, below.
Part IV of this report provides a general analysis of the destruction, with suggestions.
Part V of this report goes into analysis of the fraudulent word games by which trees with “only” 50 years or so of life remaining are lied to be “dead or dying.”
Part VII below goes into what you can do.
II. Section 13 of the June 6, 2017 letter, bathhouse, MicroCenter.
In the black and white maps, circles are trees, Xd out circles are trees to be destroyed. In the subsequent color submission, filled in yellow circles are trees to be destroyed.
13. Bath House Northeast, MicroCenter South.
[The trees which are in the update are the two marked for destruction which are the second and third closest to the bottom right corner which are marked for destruction. They are marked for destruction by the yellow colored filled circles. They are just below the sidewalk.
B. General Analysis.
The colored version adds two trees for destruction on the edge of MicroCenter, not in the Magazine Beach Reservation. Note that the tree closest to the parking lot outrage is admitted to be healthy and, perhaps, have more than 50 years of life left. It is probably being destroyed out of a bizarre sense of synchronicity. Massive, irresponsible destruction on the parking lot, why not destroy this as well? Fake protective group will protect another contribution to the contractors.
Note, however, that this area really is not part of the parkland. Thus supposed “dead or dying” or beyond the day after the day of peak beauty trees claimed are pure and unadulterated padding of numbers.
Additionally, however, all trees proposed to be destroyed in the western part of the pool area are ADMITTEDLY healthy. So the DCR would love to discuss the trees in this section.
(1) MicroCenter Trees.
First two trees in this photo are being destroyed.
The fake protective group loudly tells people to look at bushes and the 80 year abandoned building, and not to look at all the trees they are destroying. In fact, they go out of their way to prevent discussion of the trees they are destroying.
WITH ALL THE OMISSIONS, THEY STRONGLY TELL PEOPLE TO SUPPORT THEIR “LOVELY” PROJECT.
This is part of the fraudulent aspects of Development related matters under the three member City Manager machine. The stuff to be ashamed of has always hidden with maximum skill. I call that fraud and malfeasance in office.
My words are slightly more blunt than the three judicial entities in the Monteiro case, “reprehensible,” “ample evidence of . . . outrageous misbehavior,” triple penal damages by the jury. But that was heartless destruction of a woman’s life because she worked for women’s rights.
(2) Trees in front of and at the eastern end of the Swimming Pool Bathhouse.
I must apologize for the shortcomings of this section. 3 trees are being destroyed. I really have not evaluated them.-These photos are from October 2016.
Looking at the map, I hope the tree being destroyed on the right is the dead/apparently dead one left of the main door. Another one, still less than ten in total and not in the park.
Corner next to the beautiful park. I hope the two destroyed on the color map are the small ones under the big gold tree. One is healthy and young. III. Photo Updates - the Bathhouse and MicroCenter.
III. Photo Updates - the Bathhouse and MicroCenter.
(1). Tree subjected to the fraudulent analysis and thus probably condemned because it only has 50 years left or whatever in its life cycle.
Lighting is bad because it is in the shade of the big tree which the DCR and the Cambridge City Council are not working to destroy.
The building in the background is the MicroCenter Store across Memorial Drive.
(2). Tree admitted to be healthy and not yet reached the point where it only has 50 years left, or whatever, in its life cycle.
Key here is the abuse being inflicted on this admitted excellent tree.
The brick building is the swimming pool bathhouse. The fence is a work fence. The DCR is moving a spray deck to the former location of a diving area.
The abuse of this admittedly excellent tree makes photography difficult.
Why the abuse? The DCR and the Cambridge City Council want to destroy it. If they do enough damage, the DCR will be able to claim destruction is correct.
This created deficiency tactic is similar to the dumping of gravel in the most sensitive part of the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese combined with the determined destruction of ground vegetation there. The worse the DCR can “accidentally” destroy, the stronger argument this reprehensible entity has for total destruction.
Here are photos taken on June 26 with the above photos and with photos I have previously published concerning the magnificent trees overhanging the Magazine Beach Playing Fields which the DCR and the Cambridge City Council want to destroy.
(1). Area included in the destruction plans.
This is a professional job. You really have to look to see where the trees announced for destruction in the destruction plans were before destruction.
The tree to the left was not included in my June 6 letter, above, to better show the ones being destroyed.
And here is the view from the western end, the near tree below is in the distance above. The parking lot entrance is beyond that tree in the photo above and behind (or perhaps under) the camera in the photo below. The “entrance” is legally a public street owned by the City of Cambridge. In the below picture, you can see the MicroCenter building to the left.
(2). Area destroyed in spite of not being included in the destruction plans.
The roots had not yet been removed. Lovingly inserted mulch was still there when I took the photograph.
I have written to the owner with a copy of my letter to the Cambridge City Manager and City Council. I took the address from the City Assessors’ property records, with a great deal of careful review, including assistance from members of the Assessors Department to ensure I had the correct address.
I have gotten no answer. I therefore assume the normal that “coincidences” do not commonly happen, especially in situations such as this. Yet another “coincidence” where the obvious is very much likely to be reality.
IV. Responsible Action, repeating from our letter of June 28, 2017, to the Cambridge City Council.
The responsible thing to do is to implement the wishes of the legislature when the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission, in part to protect the Charles River from the destruction of its irresponsible “planners” in conjunction with the irresponsible “planners” of the Cambridge Development Department, and their controlled fake “protective groups.”
The reprehensible MDC “planners” took their irresponsible plans to the Department of Conservation and Recreation. They and the CDD and the Cambridge City Council are proceeding to implement those irresponsible plans. Hundreds of MOSTLY EXCELLENT trees have already been destroyed on the Charles River, as demonstrated in my videos at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o, and https://youtu.be/dWyCdcWMuAA.
Behave in a manner consistent with the proclamations of environmental sainthood on the steps of City Hall on April 24, 2017. Fulfill the wishes of the legislature when the legislature destroyed the MDC.
Reverse Order 1 of April 24, 2017.
Prevent any and all alternate sources of funding for this and for ALL SIMILAR OR RELATED outrages, including but not limited to actions of the legislature.
Reverse the destruction of the 2000s by Cambridge and the DCR / MDC.
Oppose the secret fine print in the blatantly deceptive Davis communication. My analysis was provided in a separate letter in the communications a little before the June 6, 2017 letter. I have posted my analysis of the Davis nonsense to the Secretary / CEO of Transportation at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-con-game-fights-for.html, and the analysis attached to that letter of the CDD and its fake protective groups at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-con-game-fights-for.html. The official record is filed a little before my June 6, 2017 letter.
Give the DCR’s powers on the Charles River to the Department of Transportation which has split the former MDC powers with the DCR since the MDC was properly destroyed. MassDOT is not perfect. The DCR and “planners” of the CDD approach being perfect from the wrong direction.
Hopefully, City Manager DePasquale will clean up the outrages remaining from the preceding 42 years of three destructive City Managers by severely pruning the destructiveness of the CDD, which fits hand in glove with the reprehensible DCR / MDC.
In the meantime, I have provided you photos of 4 more trees destroyed by the DCR as part of this outrage, including some really good photos. These, bringing accomplished destruction up to 5, are the first to be destroyed of the very terrible destruction of 54, now 56, MOSTLY EXCELLENT TREES on the Charles River IN ADDITION TO THE HUNDREDS ALREADY DESTROYED east of the BU Bridge.
FIVE supposed justifications for this destruction have now been destroyed. The “justification” for Order 1 is rapidly going to EVEN MORE indisputable non existence.
V. Lies, outright lies and flat out fraud. An analysis for newcomers and for people who need a refresher.
The following is edited from the beginning of my letter of June 6, 2017 to the Cambridge City Council. These 51 pages provide a detailed analysis of the 54, now 56, trees at Magazine Beach for whose destruction the Cambridge City Council has voted to seek funding. This occurred in order number 1 of April 24, 2017, following a rally on City Hall steps by City Councilors praising themselves for their self-proclaimed environmental saintliness.
This analysis is being repeated because readers may need repetition of key issues. Editing has been done in an attempt to isolate the key issues.
People who wish to review the full 51 page analysis are encouraged to review it from the City Clerk’s detailed agenda preparatory to the City Council meeting at which the City Council received the letter. The official record of the letter is posted at http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1815&Inline=True, pages 198 to 249. This is a large document which is part of a truly massive document containing everything being considered at that meeting. There can be a significant delay in loading it. Should you prefer, we have PDF versions at a size transmittable (5 files) over the Internet. Please just give us a request at email@example.com.
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A relevant, and true, comparison that can be made to Order 1 of April 24, 2017, is to compare the 54 trees (now 56) the City Council has supported destroying at Magazine Beach to trees on the City Hall grounds, specifically to the grove directly behind the rear entrance to City Hall.
I was recently very much impressed by this grove. Then it came to me.
[Ed. A photo of this grove was watermarked on the first page of the letter. It appeared under the text at the beginning of the June 4, 2017 letter. Here is the photo; it is straight out.]
This is a good grove, BUT its individual trees are inferior to a significant number of trees at Magazine Beach which the Cambridge City Council voted to destroy by Order 1. The reality is that the skillful word games used by the DCR in its color amendment to its destruction plans, to justify outrageous destruction are fraud, fraud, fraud. Key words in Order 1 converted skillfully reworded fraud in the DCR color amendment to a statement of an absolute fact. Rewording fraud as absolute fact does not change reality. I presume this order with the fraud was written by the Cambridge Development Department and not by the signers of the order.
In any case, A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THE TREES THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO DESTROY ON MAGAZINE BEACH ARE SUPERIOR TO THE TREES AT THE REAR OF CITY HALL. It is irresponsible and wasteful to destroy them.
I have previously passed on to the City Council and City Manager the wisdom of Phil Barber with regard to destruction proposed on the Charles River. Phil Barber’s words have general relevance to the destruction called for in Order 1 of April 24, 2017.
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It's certainly an outrage to destroy entire stands because of some deadwood or unsightly growth. I see this all too often, that trees that have valiantly survived the elements and abuse are cut down simply because someone judges them not to be sufficiently aesthetic. I imagine people who lack the awareness that these are living beings deserving of care simply see the bottom line, that it's cheaper to ruin an irreplaceable old tree and put in a new one, as if it didn't matter.
I've also seen city workers on the job in the various little parks and public landscaping hacking away willy-nilly at the vegetation blissfully unaware of the difference between weeds and plantings. The lack of concern, and of knowledge, is appalling but such is our time.
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As I have analyzed the original official DCR black and white submittal to the Cambridge Conservation Commission in comparison to the subsequent color package with the fraudulent word games, it has become clear that the proposed destruction in the areas I have previously reported has grown.
While destruction has gotten more irresponsible in the area claimed to be under the protection of the fake neighborhood association associated with the development department, DESTRUCTION IN THE BOAT CLUB AREA WITH MEANINGFUL PROTECTION HAS DROPPED FROM TWO TREES TO ZERO.
There are trees which may accurately be described as dead or dying in the area proposed to be destroyed by Order 1 of April 24, 2017. This report points them out. The dead and dying are almost all outside the core areas of outrageous destruction. Most of the dead and dying are around the playing fields.
This tiny number of dead or dying trees, in no way, justifies the massive destruction supported by Order number 1 of April 24,2017, in spite of the DCR’s skillful word game fraud in the color propaganda package being reworded in Order 1 as absolute truth.
Almost all of the dead and dying trees are at the playing fields, the beginning of my analysis. The parkland, from the east of the pedestrian overpass to the boat club, has the vast majority of doomed trees. These doomed trees are almost all excellent, especially when you ignore the areas which have been improperly added to the parkland.
If “technically correct” language knowingly communicates a different meaning to average human beings who hear normal meanings for that language, usage of the technical language without explanation of the difference from normal language is fraud.
I use the language of normal human beings and I call fraud fraud. I do not go into a long explanation which explanation, to the normal human being, is silly.
The chop, chop, chop mentality of the Department of Conservation and Recreation is one reason why the legislature destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission ‒ to protect, among other things, the Charles River from the horribly irresponsible “planners” of the MDC. Those horribly irresponsible “planners” moved to the DCR. Too many of those “planners,” are now working in the DCR. They, with the bad Cambridge Development Department and others in the City of Cambridge, have just destroyed hundreds of trees east of the BU Bridge.
There are significant and key trees which the DCR and Cambridge want to destroy that they admit are healthy and have not reached their peak beauty. The DCR and Cambridge just want to destroy them.
The color / propaganda package represents the second phase of fighting for destruction. It uses word games. It claims that, if a tree has reached peak perfection plus a day, the DCR and Cambridge have a right to destroy it. The euphemism is “decline.” Translation: while excellent, it only has another 50 years to live (or whatever). This outrageous word game is the sole supposed justification for a very significant part of this outrage. This outrage will devastate the river side of Memorial Drive from east of the pedestrian overpass to the Boat Club.
This outrage was based on skillfully worded fraud. The writers of Order 1, whether the named writers or the Cambridge Development Department, took skillfully worded fraud and converted the skillfully worded fraud to call the skillfully worded fraud an absolute (and false) “truth.”
VI. The fight behind the fight, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s private exit from I90 (Massachusetts Turnpike), taken with editorial improvements, from our July 7, 2017 report..
But what is really going on here?
To start off the understanding, my first contact with this outrage came in 1997 when one of the usual fake groups announced lovely plans for “improvements” from the Cambridge City Manager. When I got her plans from the head of DCR (I will not go into organizational issues here) Planning, she pointed out the minor differences between her plans and the ones announced for the then Cambridge City Manager in 1997.
Here is a modification of the DCR map which I created. The purpose was to show the impact on the Charles River White Geese in their nesting area, the location which has been turned into their foodless ghetto.
To the far right is the BU Bridge and the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.
In the middle is the environmentally sensitive pollution control plant of the Metropolitan Water Resources Authority.
To the far left is where we began this series, the eastern end of the playing fields. The goal of the DCR was, and probably still is, to create a new highway in the Charles River. The vertical arrows below the MWRA area, in the Charles River, point out the planned highway construction. This would connect the eastern end of the Magazine Beach playing fields to Destroyed Nesting Area.
Connecting the two areas greatly increases the value to Boston University, which has heavy involvement in this area.
Here is a state plan showing the Grand Junction going under the BU Bridge. Boston is to the left, Cambridge to the right. In the upper left corner can be seen I90.
Here is a photo of the Grand Junction railroad bridge, southern extension on the Boston side of the BU Bridge (the left side of the above map). In the distance can be seen a green sign. It is above I90.
In 2003, the Metropolitan Boston Transit Authority (the MBTA) did a study which proved an off ramp can be built from I90 to the Grand Junction Railroad bridge, and showed how the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge could be widened to handle two way traffic plus one railroad track.
Here is another City of Cambridge map.
If you blow up the right side of the map, you will see the words “retaining wall” pointing at the sidewalk which currently abuts the Wild Area. “Retaining wall” calls for destruction of the Wild Area. It is currently a steep hill containing wild animals and a LOT of Trees. Plans to destroy those trees are extensively studied in my video on the destruction of hundreds of trees east of the BU Bridge, posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.
The MBTA plans very visibly showed an off ramp in this location, THROUGH THE WILD AREA, to Memorial Drive eastbound.
Above Memorial Drive, north of a large MIT building, Cambridge has converted parking lots into what is called the “Waverly Connector.” Nominally, the Waverly Connector connects MIT holdings north of the location to the intersection of Brookline and Granite, a block north of the rotary connecting Memorial Drive to Cambridge and to the BU Bridge.
Here is MIT’s plan showing that area.
The BU Bridge is diagonal from the bottom left. Under, marked in blue, is the Grand Junction railroad bridge. At the very bottom left is I90, the Mass. Pike. I will not go into the MBTA analysis. Clearly, there is a lot of room to connect I90 / the Mass. Pike to the Grand Junction railway bridge.
The MBTA plans showed an exit from the widened Grand Junction bridge to Memorial Drive east through the Wild Area, which is to the right of the blue Grand Junction and below Memorial Drive.
As you move to the right, the Grand Junction railroad approaches “Waverly Street”, the Waverly Connector. At the top middle, Waverly Street connects to Brookline and Granite which, in turn connects to the BU Rotary under Memorial Drive, slightly to the left top of that Waverly - Brookline intersection.
MIT’s campus and holdings for campus expansion dominate the area to the right of this map.
The initial plans for the Waverly Connector included detailed tree planting plans. I commented that there were gaps in the tree plantings which exactly fit connections of MIT’s off ramp from I90 to the Waverly Connector, and then to Memorial Drive westbound through the BU Bridge rotary. The tree plantings disappeared.
And here is my usual map of destruction at Magazine Beach taken from the DCR's fraudulent 2d plan. The BU Bridge rotary is to the far right. All that lovely traffic from I90 coming through the BU Bridge rotary and then on Memorial Drive westbound would be slowed by traffic going into the little guys’ parking lot. So the parking lot and 30 trees PLUS are being destroyed as part of an overall destruction of 56, with 5 destroyed so far.
The purple asterisk is in the MicroCenter shopping center. Its parking lot is in white. Across the street are currently SEVEN admittedly excellent trees. The plans move the parking lot south of Memorial Drive which is currently next to the Charles River at this point on top of those trees. The combination of this change with the destruction of the little guys’ parking lot replaces three interferences with traffic with one interference with traffic. Traffic currently going to the river parking through an opening west of the shopping center, traffic going to the shopping center, and traffic going to the little guys’ parking lot would all be making movements at the same location, thus three interferences with through traffic would become one.
THIRTY trees would be destroyed around the little guys’ parking lot. SEVEN excellent trees would be destroyed across from MicroCenter. FOUR trees have already been destroyed next to MicroCenter, including two which the owner lovingly cared for.
And, oh yeah, A VERY SMALL PERCENTAGE OF the balance of trees being destroyed out of 56, are THE REMAINDER OF the ones described as “dead or dying” in the fraudulent motion taken by the Cambridge City Council on April 24, 2017 immediately after city councilors conducted a rally for their supposed environmental saintliness.
VII. What You Can Do.
What we need is:
● End the accelerating Charles River destruction by the DCR and by Cambridge.
● Give DCR duties, powers & funds on the Charles River to MassDOT. Trash the bizarre bush wall walling off Charles. End poison use on the Charles’ banks.
● Tell the Cambridge City Council and new City Manager Louis DePasquale to end the destruction, the fake groups and the 42 year long 3 City Manager Machine.
Part III above went into a lot of this.
There are two general categories of possible assistance.
There are two entities who are a waste of time, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Cambridge Development Department.
These entities as they have existed for the last 42 years (counting the prior entity which was replaced by the DCR) need to be destroyed, not talked to.
The Cambridge City Manager needs to clean house. A much more detailed analysis is in my letter of welcome to him, posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-trust-cambridge-ma-usas.html.
Here are the key contacts. I hope you can make them. I apologize that a lot of contacts are given through yet another link. The reason for the additional link for legislators is that that gives me only one place to change rather than trying to change every document.
Governor Charles Baker (DCR): 617-725-4005, email form: http://www.mass.gov/governor/constituent-services/contact-governor-office
Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale, 617-349-4300, firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislators: 617-722-2000, http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/201304/emails-for-all massachusetts.html
Cambridge City Council.
Call them at 617-349-4280, or
Email your comments care of the Cambridge City Clerk. Request that the City Clerk present your entire message to the Cambridge City Council at their next meeting. The Email address is: email@example.com
C. People with contacts in the institutions.
Since 2011, these reports have been read in 106 countries, at last count. It is reasonable to assume that such vast a variety of reading may be by people with contacts in the three key institutions.
There are three key institutions involved.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT is fighting for its personal exit from I90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) in a situation where meaningful activists previously defeated a super highway going through pretty much the same area. So fraud is normal. Similarly, most of Memorial Drive between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge has been and is being turned into an area which is the personal enclave of MIT.
Boston University. This is turf which BU has started to claim for itself. BU did the first destruction as part of its seeking to make this more clearly its turf. A lot of the fine print makes the key areas more hospital to BU.
Harvard University. Harvard is turning the Boston side of the Charles River even more into its private domain with its impending relocation of Harvard Medical School and other facilities into an area visible from the Cambridge sde of the Charles River.
Anybody with contacts with MIT, BU and Harvard knows the contacts better than I do.
VIII. Links to Official Report, Prior Reports in this Series.
NOTE: I have confused these reports by indiscriminate mixing of part and section. I am trying to clarify with consistent (and frequently different) word usage. This section reflects my, hopefully, less confusing word usage even though the words used may be different from the original.
The official and complete Cambridge, MA, USA, City Council record of the letter to them detailing the destruction they supported by that order is posted by the Cambridge City Clerk at http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=1815&Inline=True, pages 198 to 249. It is part of a very large file and takes some time to load.
PDF copies of this filing with the City Council / City Manager may be obtained directly by email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior Reports in this series may be viewed at:
Posting 1, June 10, 2017, repeating Section 1, Introduction, of the Report, in
Charles River: What is being destroyed next, Posting 1 at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-what-is-being-destroyed.html.
Posting 2, June 11, 2017 Repeating Sections 2, Northeast Corner of the Playing Fields; and 3, Parking Lot of Playing Fields, of the Report, in:
Charles River: What is being destroyed next, Posting 2, “Dead and Dying” reality of Magazine Beach, Early History of the Outrages, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-what-is-being-destroyed_11.html
Posting 3, June 14, 2017, Repeating Sections 4, Southern Edge of Playing Fields; 5, The Starvation Wall; and 6, The middle of the playing fields. Poison usage. Drainage for poisons that should not be used. of the Report, in:
Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Playing Fields Destruction, Council report posting 3, sections 4 to 6, Starvation Wall, Use of Poisons, Some Dead Trees, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-ma-magazine-beach-playing.html
Posting 4, repeating section 7, The Start of the BIG Destruction, Northern Edge of Playing Fields, in:
Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Playing Fields Destruction, Council report posting 3, sections 7, The Start of the BIG Destruction, Northern Edge of Playing Fields, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-ma-magazine-beach-playing_16.html
Posting 5, repeating section 8, Northeast Hill, Northwest playing fields, in:
Charles River, MA, USA: Magazine Beach Destruction Plans, Council report posting 5, section 8, at the Pedestrian Overpass, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-ma-usa-magazine-beach.html.
Posting 6, repeating section 9, Destruction of the Magnificent Grove dominating the Playing Fields.
Charles River, MA, USA: Planned Destruction of Magazine Beach 6, to City Council, section 9, Destruction of the Magnificent Grove dominating the Playing Fields, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-ma-usa-planned.html
Posting 7, Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Destruction: Posting 7, Destruction Starts, at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/06/charles-river-ma-magazine-beach.html
Posting 8, Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Destruction: Posting 8, EARLY Destruction Proceeds, Doomed Trees Rise from 54 to 56, July 1, 2017.
Posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/charles-river-ma-magazine-beach.html.
Posting 9, Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Destruction: Posting 9, southeast hill with magnificent doomed Willow, s. 10 of report, update on magnificent overhanging grove, July 3, 2017, Posted at:
Posting 10, Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Destruction: Posting 10, Near total destruction of Hill Parking Lot, s. 11 of report., July 7, 2017, posted at http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/charles-river-ma-magazine-beach_7.html
Posting 11, Charles River, MA: Magazine Beach Destruction: Bathhouse & MicroCenter, Posting 11, s. 13 of report.
Posted at: http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2017/07/71217-re-charles-river-ma-magazine.html