Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Cambridge City Council happy with censorship of Reality on the Charles River.

 Cambridge City Council happy with censorship of Reality on the Charles River.

Monday evening, March 29, 2021, the Cambridge City Council received my letter concerning the poisoning of the Charles River and my CENSORSHIP in the prior meeting when I attempted to speak about it.  That communication is currently the first item posted on the Friends of the White Geese page at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  It is copied below, page by page.

The city council with its silence supported the censorship.  Very clearly, the last thing the Cambridge City Council wants is for the outrage going on on the Charles River to be heard by the people watching its meetings.  

The following is an email received by all city council during the previous day and emailed to between 100 and 200 people in Cambridge:

* * * *

RE: [CFL] Does Cambridge Want to Know What it Is Doing on the Charles River?

Last Monday, the Cambridge City Council chair person announced that three people had signed up to talk to the City Council.  On them only one person answered the call.  She suggested that people could continue to sign up to 6 pm, another 20 or 25 minutes.

Trouble is that I HAD SIGNED UP TO TALK as chair of Friends of the White Geese with plenty of time to get recognized.  

I did do an offensive thing.  I said I wanted to talk about City Manager’s Agenda #2.  That item concerned Cambridge’s handling of the poisoning of the Charles River BY THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION.  The item neglected to mention the very clear DCR responsibility for the poisoning that the City Council was were supposedly trying to correct.

I went to the sign up page.  It informed me that sign up was closed.  Several hours later, I got an email from the City Clerk’s office apologizing for somehow losing my sign up.  They suggested I sign up again.  Since I had already tried that, the suggestion was useless.

Enclosed is my formal statement of what I was trying to speak about last Monday. [ed: link above, and attached hereto, page by page]  It is on the agenda as the only communication on the agenda, BUT THE PUBLIC CANNOT HEAR OF THE VERY MAJOR OUTRAGE GOING ON ON THE CHARLES RIVER.

I had to spend $27 to get this letter under consideration.  That is the cost of Express Mail Next Day and Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested.  

My prior two letters took approximately three weeks to get through themselves, and expensive mailing.  Both had clearly strange handling by the City Clerk’s office, accidentally or otherwise, in very clear violation of procedures.  Copies of all three are posted at the top of Friends of the White Geese’ documents page at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm. 

The attachment is only the latest communication by us about the outrages on the Charles River INCLUDING MANY, MANY, MANY objections to the poisoning of the Charles River by that “activist” using funds and “volunteers” supplied by the DCR.  That “activist” is being paid by the City Council (unless she has finished the project) to do preliminary work on the destruction of the excellent grove across from MicroCenter and next to the Swimming Pool / Bathhouse.

The “activist” has a long, destructive record on the Charles River.  She has repeatedly lied that no trees are being destroyed, a lie which is strikingly blatant.  As has been repeatedly documented in my many letters of objection to the City Council which cannot see anything wrong with her or with the DCR.

My solution is to finish the job the legislature started ten years ago when they destroyed the Metropolitan District Commission.  Many legislators were trying to protect the Charles River from this destructive entity.  Instead, the destructive “planners” sent to the DCR with their destructive plans and Cambridge government friends.  They have proceeded WITH CAMBRIDGE SUPPORT with destruction of hundreds of mostly excellent trees and heartless animal abuse.  Goals WHICH ARE IN THE PROCESS OF BEING FURTHER IMPLEMENTED WITH EVEN MORE VIGOR.

So, rather clearly, the ZOOM sign up procedure has become a situation in which OBJECTION TO THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CHARLES RIVER is kept from BEING HEARD by people watching city council.

This is a very bad situation.  Just look at the top City Council letters posted on the Friends of the White Geese page.

Thanks.







Wednesday, March 24, 2021

City of Cambridge Government Outrages Multiply concerning the Charles River and the Grand Junction

 City of Cambridge Government Outrages Multiply concerning the Charles River and the Grand Junction

Monday night, March 22, 2021, I signed up in a timely manner to speak by ZOOM to the Cambridge City Council on City Manager’s communication 2, funds supposedly to repair the flood of algae on the Charles River.  

I was not recognized to speak by the chair, although she acknowledge three sign ups and allowed one member of the public to speak.

The chair said that any other people who wanted to speak should sign up on line.  I attempted to sign up on line AGAIN and was faced with a window that said signing up was closed, in spite of the fact that there was 15 or 20 minutes left to sign up before 6 pm, the deadline.

I have since sent express mail, return receipt requested a more detailed analysis of my intended comments to the City Clerk for presentation to the City Council as a communication at its next meeting.

An early draft of the letter is posted on the Charles River White Geese blog at https://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blogspot.com/2021/03/more-money-from-cambridge-ma-usa-city.html.  I would be pleased to provide a PDF of the final draft to anybody who wishes to receive it.  Please contact me at boblat@yahoo.com.

The short of it is that the poisoning of the Charles River is the direct result of malfeasance by the Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Cambridge City Council, acting through an “activist” who has since been funded by the Cambridge City Council to take initial steps toward the destruction of the admittedly excellent grove next to the DCR Magazine Beach Swimming Pool across from the MicroCenter Parking Lot.

This is part of the ongoing destruction of 60 or more mostly excellent trees at Magazine Beach by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council with that same “activist” lying that no trees are being destroyed.  Details of that destruction are posted on the web page Charles River White Geese at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/agenda1.html.  This communication has been repeatedly provided to the Cambridge City Council.

It follows on the destruction of hundreds of trees on Memorial Drive by the DCR with silence by the Cambridge City Council which can only be interpreted as consent.  He who is silent in circumstances which call for outrage consents.  

That outrage is dramatically presented by my video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.  

Three key city council communications are connected on the Charles River White Geese web page as the first three postings at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  There have been major recent problems in getting communications properly posted in the official City Council record.

Here are photos: 

(1) of the rerouting of poisons from the Magazine Beach playing fields to the Charles River, 


(2) algae created (Phil Barber Photo); 


(3) a drone photo of the excellent grove being destroyed at the Magazine Beach Pool, across from the MicroCenter Parking Lot (source:  “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw, minute 2:33); 


and 

(4) my photo from the ground of the excellent doomed grove.  


This destruction is only part of the ongoing outrage on the Charles River and up the Grand Junction.

Monday, March 22, 2021

More money from the Cambridge, MA, USA, City Council for destructive bureaucrats on the Charles River?

More money from the Cambridge, MA, USA, City Council for destructive bureaucrats on the Charles River?

The Cambridge City Manager’s Communication 2 in the Cambridge City Council’s Monday night, March 22, 2021, meeting involves the expenditure of money supposedly to respond to algae floating in the Charles River.

The basic problem is extreme mismanagement of the Charles River in the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and in the Cambridge Development Department.  The basic problem is, of course, being ignored.

The algae stemmed from

1. Cambridge and the DCR dumping poisons on the previously pristine Magazine Beach playing fields starting in the late 2000's,

2. That was combined with the installation of expensive drainage to keep the poisons out of the Charles River.  No care was taken that I am aware of to refrain from poisoning resident / visiting animals.

3. In December 2017, this was followed by the blocking of the drainage by an “activist” with money and volunteers provided by the DCR.  Her activities rerouted poisons which should not even be used on the Charles into the Charles River.  We have reported on this in detail.  One photo is attached.  Trash from the destruction was picked up by the City of Cambridge.   We have photographs of that.

4. Most recently, the Cambridge City Council has funded that same “activist” for “environmental work” preparatory to the destruction of the excellent grove across from MicroCenter.  Photo of affected area attached

The most basic need is replacement of bureaucrats in the DCR and the Cambridge Development Department responsible for these outrages by competent people.  This should be initiated in the state legislature, but any changes would have to be combined with changes in attitude on the Cambridge City Council.  The Cambridge City Council’s actions have supportive of destructive behavior by the DCR and the Cambridge Developmen Department.  The supportive actions combine with non stop claims of environmental sainthood.

Giving more money to the destructive people involved is going in the wrong direction.  Replacement through the state legislature of the MDC  with MassDOT would be an intelligent step.  MassDOT is not perfect, but the DCR and the Cambridge Development Department, and their “activist” approach being perfect from the wrong direction.

Here are a photo of the blocking of the drainage, a photo of some of the algae created by these bureaucrats and the “activist”  (Phil Barber) and a drone photo of the excellent and doomed grove which the DCR in its destruction plans admitted is excellent.  The drone photo is taken from “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw, minute 2:33.  The doomed AND MAGNIFICENT grove adjoins the upper right corner of the pool.




Further details are available in a number of reports filed in the files of the Cambridge City Council but more readily available on the web site of Friends of the White Geese at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  

These are the first three items currently listed, spelling out the reality of the Interstate 90 Off Ramp to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (plus?) being sold as a bike path, documentation of tree destruction which is claimed to not exist, and the full documentation and photos of the DCR’s report to the Cambridge Conservation Commission on the ONGOING and increasing destruction at Magazine Beach by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR.

Tossing money at entities which are unfit for their duties on the Charles is going in exactly the wrong direction.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

The Charles River White Geese seek food denied to them ‒ IN CONTEXT.

 The Charles River White Geese seek food denied to them ‒ IN CONTEXT.


1. The Charles River White Geese seek food in spite of the Cambridge City Council / DCR

2. Analysis.

3. Visual Detail.

4. Context.

5. Magazine Beach.

6. The real target, the private off ramp from Interstate 90 in Boston.

7. The last food of the Charles River White Geese.

A. The blocked entrance to the Destroyed Nesting Area.

B. The on ramp which the Charles River White Geese so carefully cross.

C. The, HORRORS, food under Memorial Drive.

8. The Charles River White Geese admiring the Charles River in Winter.


1. The Charles River White Geese seek food in spite of the Cambridge City Council / DCR

Mike reports:

Hard to fight the good fight for so many years - you are a trouper or perhaps a noble knight (not kidding) a Round Table or Man of LaMancha level.

I was coming on a Bus over the BU Bridge and saw the Charles River White Geese in a clearing to the right along the river as one comes into Cambridge.


2. Analysis.

The Charles River White Geese are extremely responsible jaywalkers.  

They stand on the sidewalk and look both ways until everything is clear and then walk over.  They cannot help it that they are geese.  There is always a straggler, and the cars going up that ramp are filled with commuters with big smiles on their face.  Watching that guy finish his dawdling

Here is my latest city council letter on this nightmare:  http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  That is our web page.  It is the top letter.  The letter is in two parts, a PDF conversion from my word processor which, in turn, got overloaded with all the graphics when it was just one file.


3. Visual Detail.

Here is an overview taken from “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage” posted at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw, minute 10:55.

For most of the last 40 years, the Charles River White Geese have lived in a mile long habitat on the Cambridge (left) side of the Charles River centered on the BU Bridge.

Heartless abuse by the Cambridge City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has destroyed most of that habitat for them except for their Destroyed Nesting Area in the triangle formed by BU Bridge, the on ramp to Memorial Drive (between the Bridge and Memorial Drive) and the Grand Junction Railroad (its bridge highly visible).

The woods beyond the Grand Junction, the Wild Area, is part of their remaining habitat, along with many other free animals, the combination is that last remaining free animal area in this part of the Charles River.  The DCR has plans to destroy every tree in the Wild Area but one.  The City Council has blessed destruction in a deniable motion which is a very common act, apparently drafted by the Cambridge Development Department.  They call this sort of behavior failure of transparency.

The opening where Mike apparently saw the Charles River White Geese group is under Memorial Drive to the far left.  The on ramp where they are such careful jaywalkers is the roadway between the DNA and Memorial Drive.  It is the last food left to them by the ongoing heartless abuse, and the DCR has a blockade established to keep them from getting that food.


4. Context.

Cambridge and the DCR not that long ago destroyed hundreds of mostly excellent trees between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge (2d bridge east of the BU Bridge, above the top of this photo.  Destruction of the Wild Area was not accomplished then, but is now being sneaked in with FRAUDULENT public hearings which lie that the area of destruction ends at the BU Bridge, BUT IS EXPANDED TO THE WILD AREA by slides shown in the “public meetings.”

This particular still starts immediately west of the Wild Area.  It extends beyond the next bridge to the east, the Mass. Ave. (officially “Harvard”) Bridge.  It is from minute 9.28 of the drone video:

The drone footage was taken just before destruction.  Large areas in the still were destroyed in previous years and the DCR deferred replacement of that outrage until they had destroyed the hundreds in January 2016, to give a false impression of responsible behavior.

Our video report of the destruction is posted by me at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o, Memorial Drive Destruction, January 2016, Final Cut.  The video gets very close to the Longfellow Bridge with hundreds of photos, including before and after photos, of the destruction, along with plans.  The excellence destroyed by Cambridge and the DCR is very clear.

The Grand Junction Railroad is the left of three apparent highways in the photo.  It looks like a planned off ramp from Interstate 90 on the Boston side of the Charles River.  The apparent lie is that it is to be a bike path.  Lots of details in our letter to the Cambridge City Council published on our web page at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  It is the first document on the list.  It is in two parts.  The graphics are so extensive they overloaded my word processor.


5. Magazine Beach.

The Cambridge City Council is an open partner (subject constantly changed) in destruction at Magazine Beach, to the west of the BU Bridge.

Here, from minute 9:13 of the drone footage is a still showing the relationship of the Magazine Beach destruction area to the Destroyed Nesting Area.  This was the core part of the habitat of the Charles River White Geese until the heartless abuse from the Cambridge City Council and the DCR started in the 2000's.


At the bottom is the doomed Wild Area, then the Grand Junction Railroad, and the Destroyed Area.  Immediately above the BU Bridge is a sensitively designed sewage treatment plant.  It is off season.  The brown area is a grassed roof.

Following that is the playing fields of the Magazine Beach Recreation area, and excellent and doomed park, a swimming pool, with major destruction planned next to it.  The first still comes from minute 1.59.  


This closer view of the swimming pool and the magnificent and doomed grove is from minute 2.33.


Here are the DCR plans with photos of doomed trees, posted on the Charles River White Geese web page at .  http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/agenda1.html.

I presented this letter to the Cambridge City Council in response to a public presentation by members of the Cambridge City Council on the City Hall steps May Day 2017.  I was responding to the lies of environmental sainthood in the rally and to Order 1 of the Cambridge City Council when they proceeded with their meeting, praising the DCR for this outrage and promising funding for part of the planned destruction.   Many funds have since provided, with the MAXIMUM SECRECY possible.


6. The real target, the private off ramp from Interstate 90 in Boston.

In 2003, the local transportation authority, the MBTA, proposed the off ramp mentioned above which is now being called a bike path.  Cambridge and the DCR are trying to sneak it into the rebuilding of Interstate 90 in Boston across from the destruction area on the Cambridge side.  NON SECRET attempts at related construction have failed because of public opposition.  So secret attempts hopefully will yet fail.  The responsible agency, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is not perfect, but it is a breath of fresh air compared to the Cambridge City Council and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

The above photo from minute 1.59 shows I-90 in the bottom right.

Here is a closer view from minute 4.40.













I-90 is at the bottom right.  The plans created a curving loop from the right hand side to the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge (under the BU Bridge) to connect inbound traffic to the Grand Junction.  The Grand Junction Bridge would be widened by cantilever construction.  Connection to the outbound lanes would be simple.

My detailed letter on the off ramp is mentioned above.  The full version is posted on the web page at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.  

The reality is that a lot of the other destruction looks like it is designed to speed up traffic on Memorial Drive to handle traffic from I-90


7. The last food of the Charles River White Geese.

Going back to the original topic, here are photos of the location where Mike saw the gaggle of the Charles River White Geese.

This opening was created to support the lie that the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese is a public park.  It has never been used as that.  When the DCR found out that the Charles River White Geese had the nerve to get food under Memorial Drive, they started putting in an obstacle course.  Food is not allowed.

A. The blocked entrance to the Destroyed Nesting Area.



B. The on ramp which the Charles River White Geese so carefully cross.



C. The, HORRORS, food under Memorial Drive.



8. The Charles River White Geese admiring the Charles River in Winter.


The structure above is the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.







Thursday, February 18, 2021

MIT’s stalking horse on Cambridge’s Grand Junction presented to the Cambridge City Council

 MIT’s stalking horse on Cambridge’s Grand Junction presented to the Cambridge City Council

I have done two detailed reports on the destructive con game going on on the Grand Junction.  

So far, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MassDOT, has been protecting lovers of the Charles River and of Cambridge from the machinations of destructive and hypocritical Cambridge institutions and the Cambridge City Council.  My reports on line and on the email list have helped provide key information, but it has not been in one place before.

On February 16, 2021, I mailed to the Cambridge City Council and City Manager my hard copy combination of the reports with improvements.  Hard copy is much better than the other media to emphasize the graphics and communicate the reality.  It will officially be in front of the Cambridge City Council at one of its next two meetings, depending on the level to which Trump’s appointee has sabotaged the Postal System.

The beautiful combined report has been posted on the Charles River White Geese page and included in our index of important documents with links at http://www.friendsofthewhitegeese.org/ar1.htm.

The prior detailed blog versions of which this is an improved consolidation are on line at:

Part 1 is at: https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/6697413398555732422; and

Part 2 is at: https://www.blogger.com/blog/statspost/week/19121262/7990771314241769450.

Reality is that the “bike path” / whatever euphemism is being used this week is a stalking horse for an updated “Inner Belt” highway which Cambridge activists defeated 50 years ago.  The Powers That Be are, as usual, using whatever con game works.

Great detail is now in the consolidated letter.  Our analysis benefits greatly from drone videos, along with a key map from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT.

Here are two key stills from the many drone stills in the report, which includes proper citation, and am attaching MIT’s tell all map.  

The combination destroys the lies being passed on to well meaning people,  whether knowing by any particular bureaucrats or not.  The stills show 



1. where the updated “Inner Belt” is proposed to be connected to I90, followed by the key widening of the Grand Junction railroad bridge using the latest con game as an excuse; and 


2. show three key highway equivalents in Cambridge of which the Grand Junction is the key


and I strongly appreciate the value being provided by MIT’s key map.

Also included in the combination are a lot of maps from the Cambridge Development Department and I go through the key omission, CORRECTED BY MIT, by which the Powers That Be are hoping to con well intended people into it.

I also provide the alternatives by which the con game being promised can be delivered in a beneficial way to the victims of the con game WITHOUT THE OUTRAGE that the Powers That Be are fighting for.

Details are in the City Council / City Manager letter posted on the Charles River White Geese page.  Our letter is a nice job.  It will also wind up in the official record of one of the next two City Council meetings, but going to our link is now and will continue to be a much simpler way to access it.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

MIT’s Interstate Off Ramp ― details on the “Bike Path” stalking horse

 MIT’s Interstate Off Ramp ― details on the “Bike Path” stalking horse


0. Introduction.

1. The Stalking Horse, part 0 ‒ The Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.

2. The Stalking Horse, part 1, at the Charles River ― the SECRET part..

3. The Stalking Horse, Part 2, official overview.

4. The Stalking Horse, part 3, temporary southern terminus, if Cambridge had a responsible City Council, the permanent southern terminus.

5. The Stalking Horse, part 4, MIT’s proposal for bike connection to Memorial Drive  The ― reality on the Charles.

6. The Stalking Horse, part 5, Who knows?.

7. Summary.


0. Introduction.

This report follows on to our recent post “A private Interstate Off Ramp to MIT sold as a Bike Path, with major harm to the Charles River, and to the Cambridge Environment” at https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/6697413398555732422.  .

Lots of details in the post.

To put it succinctly, the usual cast of characters in Cambridge are trying to sell a super highway off ramp through Cambridge, MA.  The super highway lost 50 years ago when it was honestly called a super highway, the “Inner Belt.”  This time they are calling it a bike path.

Here are two key still photos from the post.  Six other provide detail in the report.  The photos are stills from “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage,” posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw.  These photos are taken from minutes 4.40 and 9.28.


Minute 4.40, above, shows the area where the off ramp will originate (on the right, doing a loop from the inbound side next to Commonwealth Avenue and the BU Bridge), the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge (It needs to be widened to handle the Inner Belt Highway, under middle part of the BU Bridge.  Perhaps it will be TEMPORARILY used as a bike path, but the stab in the back would work more easily early on.  The Cambridge end can be seen beyond the left portion of the BU Bridge), and the future path of the stalking horse (mid left).  The Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese is between the BU Bridge and the Grand Junction.  The Wild Area is beyond the Grand Junction facing the Charles River. 

Minute 9.28, below, shows the path of the proposed renamed and redescribed Inner Belt.


The future Inner Belt is the left of three vertical highways.  The middle road is Vassar Street.  The road on the right is Memorial Drive. 

The stalking horse bike path is projected to be built on the left portion of the left highway to allow connections to Memorial Drive off and below the picture.  The connection would be by a fairly new built highway .  The con is that this connection directs bike traffic the far more dangerous way to Memorial Drive.  The plans for the construction of this highway showed thick tree planting which has not gone forward.  That could be because I pointed out to a developer type that the trees to be planted left room for highway connectors to the new road from the Mass. Pike off ramp.  If you know what to look for, those openings were damning.

Responsible alternatives would connect a real bike path ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE GRAND JUNCTION right of way to Vassar Street in either of two routes,

        A. by a narrow taking of private property slightly below the bottom of the photo and then to Memorial Drive safely or 

B. by the alternative proposed by MIT ―  by an existing walkway from Cambridge’s Fort Washington Park (trees halfway up to the left) to Vassar Street and then to Memorial Drive.

In sections 3 and 4 below are key parts of Cambridge’s presentation of the stalking horse, the bike way which would disappear when the new Inner Belt is constructed.  After Cambridge’s con game, in section 5, is the simple map presented to the Cambridge City Council by MIT which shows its proposal and Cambridge's..  Without the con games, it shows the con game’s reality.

Section 2 presents some of the secret stuff.  A little of our analysis is included in Section 4.

I regret not showing a lot of tree damage coming.  This is a long report.  Including tree destruction would make it a book.


1. The Stalking Horse, part 0 ‒ The Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.

Everything depends on widening the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge.  The powers that be in Cambridge have worked on different excuses.  This excuse is a bike bath.  It sounds so great!!!

The excuse the local transit authority, the MBTA, had to study widening of the Grand Junction in the first place was to put in an express bus from Newton to Kendall Square.  Express Buses tend to run maybe two or three times in in the morning and return trips in the evening.

The amount of money which would be needed to be expended to create a route for three buses at cay each way absolutely would not justify the amount of money needed to upgrade facilities.  That was obvious from the beginning.

The MBTA noticed reality after spending money on the research.  Golly gee.

The Grand Junction was the “obvious” route for their new express bus.

They did the engineering and proved that the bridge over the Charles could be modified by cantilevering a new lane off the existing bridge while continuing (I think) one lane of train service.  The current con game claims to be providing two lanes for rail with one lane width for a bike path.

The important thing is GET THAT EXTRA LANE.  Once they have the extra lane, they can SUDDENLY change the use as is convenient for the Metropolitan Institute of Technology and other developers and businesses along the Grand Junction.

Here is a good photo of the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge from the west side of the BU Bridge.  


The very Southern end of the Bridge is shown

As can be noted, the Grand Junction used to consist of two tracks each using one side of the bridge over the Charles River.  This photo shows that the west side (shown to the right) has been abandoned.

The tracks move to the middle of the two lanes when the track goes over Soldiers Field Road on the Boston side.  They then curve to go under I90.

If you look straight ahead, you can see a green highway sign over the outbound side of I90.  If you look REALLY carefully, you can even see a car straight ahead on the outbound side  Access to the Outbound side of I90 is simple.  Instead of going down at this point to get under I90, you go up to create a ramp to the outbound vehicle traffic side.  The complicated part was how to get inbound and outbound traffic to the BU Bridge.  The MBTA devised the loop as I show in part 0 for inbound traffic.

There is not enough room for ramps for traffic in both directions.  The MBTA study proposed a U turn on the Mass. Pike to the west of the Grand Junction Bridge to allow outbound traffic to switch to the inbound side of I90 and the loop ramp to the Grand Junction to resolve that.

That U turn was relatively cheap.  It was done years ago.  But they needed to widen the Grand Junction Bridge by any means that worked.

This particular tactic is to call the off ramp a bike path.

I have a whole bunch of photos of this area of I90 and where the ramp could go.  But the Drone photos do a lot more with less time needed.  Really a more useful use of my and your time is to go into the connection on the Cambridge side.

A photo showing the Cambridge end of the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge is the next photo below.


2. The Stalking Horse, part 1, at the Charles River ― the SECRET part.

Cambridge has spent a lot of time on the responsible parts of what it calls the Grand Junction bike path.  It would be a good project IF IT WERE REAL AND NOT A STALKING HORSE.  The key modification is also included.

The responsible way to provide the bike path is to move the bike path to the right (east) side of the Grand Junction right of way.  This would allow the bike path to connect to Vassar Street followed by access to Memorial Drive.  The bike path should not go under Memorial Drive because of the associated very major destruction on the Charles River and on its banks.

The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has already done massive destruction on Memorial Drive in January 2016 WITH CAMBRIDGE ASSISTANCE including but not limited to the Cambridge City Council’s silence when this outrage called for objection.  

Our video, Memorial Drive Destruction, final cut, posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o, goes into great detail based on the DCR’s plans which were written by its predecessor, the Metropolitan District Commission with assistance from Cambridge “planners.”  

The MDC was destroyed by the Massachusetts legislature at least in part to protect the Charles River from the destructiveness of the MDC “planners.”  The “planners” proceeded to move to the DCR with their outrageous plans and with the assistance of the extremely destructive Cambridge Development Department and the Cambridge City Council.

Outrages are continuing at Magazine Beach.  These plans with analysis are on line at http://focrwg.com/agenda1.html.  This is my letter to the Cambridge City Council in response to FALSE claims of environmental sainthood during a rally led by city councilors on the steps of Cambridge City Hall.

The plans included destruction of the excellent woods east of the Grand Junction at the Charles River.  The DCR destroyed hundreds of mostly excellent trees, but did not  destroy this excellent woods.  

Now, the DCR has proceeded with lying “public notices” for hearings which they included those plans in a project which was advertised as having an eastern end at the BU Bridge.  They then announced the reality that the plans went to that doomed woods.  The key slides are presented below/

Here are the doomed woods, the Wild Area, and the plans for destruction.  There are much more detailed plans available for destruction in the “Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese which is off camera to the left.  The white figures are a gaggle of the Charles River White Geese.  The place has much greater diversity.  A lot of the other free animals have been driven away, but many remain / have returned.  The Grand Junction railroad bridge is at the lower left.

This is the last remaining natural wild in this part of the Charles River.


Here are the most visible, but most definitely, not the only victims on this outrage, the Charles River White Geese, admiring the Charles River in the winter, viewing from their Destroyed Nesting Area looking under the Grand Junction railroad bridge.


Here are the destruction plans.  They show both halves.  The massive destruction in the Wild Area is shown by displaying only ONE TREE NOT DESTROYED.


If the stalking horse ends above Memorial Drive (the almost horizontal line from right to left) as currently identified, it would be a responsible project

The upper right part of these plans is near the location where the bike path should connect to Vassar Street.

Here is another winter shot of the Charles River White Geese.  The view looks through the Wild Area from the sidewalk next to the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area.  

This bay stays liquid during the most frigid part of the winter.  They also use this natural harbor for refuge during the most extreme storms.  Their goose down jackets protect them in winter.  Having non frozen water is very valuable on the coldest days.




This is the key slide from the DCR presentation in which they change the definition of “BU Bridge” to include the Wild Area.  In this slide, the Wild Area is at the extreme right.  Note that the colored line includes it as part of the “BU Bridge” which, physically, is the highway at the bottom.  The bay shown above is probably the inbound curve toward the right.  In the destruction plan, it is probably the curve to the right of the Grand Junction.  All but one tree in the winter photo is planned to be destroyed by Cambridge and the DCR.



3. The Stalking Horse, Part 2, official overview.

These plans and following plans are from the City of Cambridge’s public plans on the internet for the stalking horse bike highway.  The part of the bureaucracy responsible is the Cambridge Development Department.

This is what the well intended victims are shown as the overview of the project.  “GLX” in green letters at the right indicates the Green Line Extension being constructed from Lechmere Station to Tufts University in Medford.

Her is the dirty part blown up as much as my application will allow.  Note the stuff they are bragging about as compared to the really irresponsible terrible stuff they keep as secret as possible.  The bottom of the green line is the point where the proposal goes from responsible to irresponsible.


Standard technique when you are dealing with the City of Cambridge and its friends is silence on the stuff they do not want the voters aware of.

Here is their map version, first the entire map with numbered explanation, then cropped to the southernmost area with their points 1 and 2;

And here is the portion at the Charles.  

Both this map version and the prior version are extremely general south of Memorial Drive.  That portion has been HEAVILY PLANNED, but it is kept secret from people being suckered into the bad part by showing the much larger innocuous BUT TEMPORARY part.

Point 1 is the supposed terminus.  Point 2 is the bike reroute to Memorial Drive.  Note that the marked path continues to Memorial Drive, temporarily.


4. The Stalking Horse, part 3, temporary southern terminus, if Cambridge had a responsible City Council, the permanent southern terminus..

Here again is our second still at the beginning for the overview at this level.  

Here is the detailed part of the map overview again, because it is the only map I can find from their presentation showing where the bikes are supposedly being directed to.


The curved street coming out of point 1 is Waverly Street.  It was created supposedly as access for planned development further up the Grand Junction.  The plans included a very detailed tree planting schedule.  The trees had spaces created in what otherwise was a very thick planting plan.  To somebody familiar with the way plans are presented, these spaces allowed for access to Waverly Street from the off ramp coming from I90.  

That connection on the left is a very key reason for running the “bike path” in the left part of the Grand Junction right of way.

This interconnection structure allows for connection of I90 traffic to Memorial Drive.  Major tree destruction is ongoing along Memorial Drive to rearrange the Magazine Beach park to reduce access between the park and Memorial Drive and thus to speed up traffic on Memorial Drive for the benefit of the traffic coming off I90.  The Cambridge City Council has put money on planning for the destruction of the excellent grove across from the MicroCenter parking lot.  

The curved, C shaped, area in the left middle of this map is in Magazine Beach’s beautiful park.  That curved area is being reduced to one curb cut with major tree destruction as part of this outrage, also part of speeding up traffic.  The doomed thick MicroCenter / Bathhouse grove is a few hundred feet further west to the right of that curve..  See the hook shaped parking area which is to the grove’s west and south.

Destroying that grove allows access to Magazine Beach to be moved and relocated across from a public street which goes through the MicroCenter parking lot.  In both cases, access curb cuts to the west would disappear (that hook shaped curve), further speeding up traffic on Memorial Drive.  

The BU Bridge extends to neighborhood streets directly above it.  This area is a traffic nightmare, especially when the Boston Red Sox have a home game on the Boston side of the BU Bridge.

BIKE TRAFFIC IS BEING ROUTED INTO THIS TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE.

WHY?

Because the purpose is not a bike path, it is for creating access to Memorial Drive for traffic coming from I90.  Routing bike traffic into a nightmare is a prepared excuse to kill the bike path.

Note on the map the street following the bike highway directly to its right and below it.   That street, Vassar Street, is “coincidentally” blocked by the numbers 1 and 2.  It turns and goes straight to Memorial Drive at the number 1, another “coincidentally” not shown reality.

Here is a photos of that side of the bike path.  The photo is taken from the leg of Vassar Street toward Memorial Drive.  Straight ahead is the corner of Vassar Street.  The land between Vassar Street and the Grand Junction, the “wrong side” from the bike path IS UNDEVELOPED.  


The land between Vassar Street and the “wrong side” of the Grand Junction is an obvious target for access to Vassar Street and then to Memorial Drive, short and simple, without the traffic nightmare built into the supposed plans.  

This is VERY CLEAR from MIT’s map in the next section.

But, if you want a route which you can “suddenly” discover is too dangerous to route bikes, you use the dangerous side, to the left and up, and have an excuse to use the dangerous side for Memorial Drive access from I90.

Here is the Grand Junction side of that building.  Note the abutment for parking at the corner, next to the building.


Here are Cambridge’s lovely plans bragging about the southern terminus of the bike path with access on the wrong side from the safe side for bikes going to Memorial Drive.


I assume that 1 and 2 in the photo are the same as in the prior plan.  The building below 1 and 2 is the one photographed above.  The photo crop stops at the corner of the UNDEVELOPED LAND shown in the second prior photo.

Cambridge has been selling the responsible parts of this outrage for years.  Standard con game.  Get well intentioned folks sold, then stab them in the back.

The “bike path” will disappear for the off ramp when it is convenient for MIT.  The suckers, AS USUAL, will be shocked.

This area shows in the first still above, as the thick trees above the BU Bridge on the Cambridge side.  There is a very large former Ford Plant between the two.

Here is a good cropping of another representation in the plans.


Note the building in our two photos is toward the lower right corner.  THIS PRESENTATION SHOWS ON THAT BUILDING’S LEFT THE UNDEVELOPED area which should be used for access to Vassar Street and Memorial Drive.  

Once again, although it is there, the bend of Vassar Street is only minimally visible, but it is more than in the other plans.  The route for bikes to take to the DANGEROUS Brookline Street is the curved street coming from the “park.”  Brookline Street, to no surprise, is not shown.  It is the next street after the vertical street and will be crucial in the “Oh Golly Gee” stage when MIT decides MIT wants the off ramp.  It is very visible in MIT’s plan in the next section.

Where would the parking go from the strip taken for bike travel?  The bottom right corner of this plan shows a corner of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex.  It or its neighbor off the plan has open lot parking to the left of the Hyatt Regency at this spot.  

It would not be at all difficult to add a floor deck over that parking to accommodate the few cars parked in the area taken for bike access.  Public taking with subsequent property division should really not be a big thing.

The bikes have much easier access to Memorial Drive than in the con game.


5. The Stalking Horse, part 4, MIT’s proposal for bike connection to Memorial Drive ―  The reality on the Charles.

Expanding the Cambridge analysis presented above to include Cambridge’s Point 3.  Point 3 is Cambridge’s Fort Washington Park.  Cambridge’s analysis calls for open space but does not mention the attractiveness of area next to the Park area for connection to Vassar Street.


MIT submitted to the Cambridge City Council an extended analysis of the area / Grand Junction Path dated October 2014.  It has a lot of graphics.

Here is MIT’s summary map of the options in the southern Grand Junction area.  MIT’s map is a LOT CLEARER than what the City of Cambridge is putting out now.  I have marked on MIT’s summary map a broken black line, the sensible connection I proposed in the prior section.


At the bottom of the map is Memorial Drive.  Immediately above Memorial Drive and toward the right / east is Vassar Street.  In contrast to the Cambridge presentations, the bend of Vassar Street is clearly shown.  Above Vassar Street is the supposed “bike path.”  MIT’s map shows the DANGEROUS bike access to Brookline Street (point 2) and which has the traffic nightmare KEPT SECRET in the Cambridge Analysis.  

I have drawn the broken black line between the “bike path” and the bend of Vassar Street.  This is the sensible connection I propose above.  My proposed terminus and connection clearly goes straight ahead with a simple, fast connection to Memorial Drive.  

Even ignoring traffic, connection to Memorial Drive by Cambridge’s proposed route by way of Brookline Street is clearly vastly inferior.  But the bike path FOR THE SUPERIOR BIKE ACCESS has to be on the lower, southern side of the Grand Junction.  The responsible bike access to Memorial Drive for bikes cannot be simply modified to the I90 off ramp and connection of the I90 off ramp to Magazine Street and Memorial Drive. 

MIT HAS ITS OWN PROPOSAL FOR A BIKE CONNECTION TO VASSAR STREET.  It is the marking between the “bike path” and Vassar Street to the right and up from my proposed connector.  MIT’s access is at the point marked 3 in Cambridge’s presentation of the “bike path” con.

The number 1 on MIT’s map shows the route which MIT would take from the Fort Washington crossing to get to Memorial Drive.  The route is simple although inferior to my proposal.  

The MIT connection would cross over to Vassar Street from the Ft. Washington area, turn right and turn left.  This is inferior to my proposal because MIT's “bike path” is on the northern side of the right of way (see next paragraph).  It is also inferior because bicycles have a larger area shared with motor vehicles in the MIT alternative.

MIT’s  map also gives a sample of the outrage south of Memorial Drive which Cambridge keeps secret.  

That is marked by number 4, DIRECTLY THROUGH the Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.  The nesting area and the Wild Area at number 5 are the only areas available for free animals in this part of the Charles.  Access requires the bike path (future I90 off ramp) to be on the left / western side of the Grand Junction.

Route 4 would destroy the Nesting Area to which the reprehensible DCR and Cambridge have confined the Charles River White Geese without food.  The Destroyed Nesting Area is the last portion of the 40 year habitat of the Charles River White Geese which has not been destroyed to them.  The Charles River White Geese are most definitely not the only free animals living south of Memorial Drive.  They are simply the most visible and the residents who are clearly loved.

Once again, the MIT “bike path” is on the left / west for access to Brookline Street / Memorial Drive for I90 traffic if not through the Destroyed Nesting Area.

Additionally, the fence which Cambridge demands next to the bike path would destroy free animal access between the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area.

And I have shown more in section 2 above.


6. The Stalking Horse, part 5, Who knows?

The minimal point at which the off ramp from I90 will end is Massachusetts Avenue.  In reality, this updated Inner Belt could end at any of the other major streets in the stalking horse maps.  At the very northern end, a lot would depend on the receptivity of Somerville.

Here is Cambridge’s key locations map cropped to the possible end points of the I90 off ramp / Inner Belt.


Key location 4 is Massachusetts Avenue.

Key location 5 is Main Street.

Between 5 and 6 is Broadway, not numbered.  Could this be the target?  Keeping it secret is ominous dealing with Cambridge.

Key location 6 is Little Binney Street.

Key location 7 / 8 is Cambridge Street in East Cambridge.

Key location 9 is Gore Street, Cambridge / Medford Street, Somerville.  To the left it directly connects to the McGrath / O’Brien Highway which is elevated at this point, but access already exists in the street structure.  Somerville / the DCR have mentioned lowering the McGrath  / O’Brien to ground level.

In another map, Cambridge notes that “GLX” is above the bike way.  In this map, note the T annotation to the top right marked Lechmere.  This is the current location of the Lechmere terminus on the Green Line.  The Lechmere Station is being moved to the other side of McGrath / O’Brien Highway for the Green Line Extension to Tufts / Medford.

How far will the off ramp go?  There is no telling.  All that is clear is that Cambridge is running a con game calling it a “bike path” from the Charles River to Somerville.


7. Summary.

This report was originally presented on January 30, 2021.  Our routine is to publish condensations on Facebook and in an email report to a limited distribution afterwards.  I let the report sit here and think things over.  Normally, I start the condensations from the blog report and chop things out.

This report is so long that even heavy editing made so sense.  I just started on a teaser.  That pointed out a very major defect in the blog report.  I talked all around the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge, but did not physically get into it.: This final version, I hope, of the report, corrects that defect by putting in the section numbered as 1 (original 1 is now 0).  This now appears as section 1, The Stalking Horse Part 0 . . .


Friday, January 22, 2021

MassDOT Head appointed to Biden Administration.

 MassDOT Head appointed to Biden Administration.

Congratulations to MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack.  Effective January 27, she will be working for President Biden as his Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.  She will function as Acting Administrator pending congressional approval of the permanent Administrator.

She will continue with MassDOT until January 26.

Secretary Pollack has been in office for six years, equal to the combined incumbencies of her three predecessors.

On the Charles River, she has stood up to the Cambridge City Council and destructive, empire building tax exempt institutions in Cambridge, and their friends.

Of major importance to the Charles River, I90 (the Mass. Pike) needs to be rebuilt in the portion which comes closest to the Charles River.  It is on a raised structure which is showing its age.  The powers that be are trying to accomplish outrages in Cambridge which they have failed to do, thanks to MassDOT, when they have tried to accomplish them in public.  So they have tried to sneak the dirty stuff through as secret amendments to the I90 rebuild.

I have summarized this outrage in my December 20, 2020 post, “A private Interstate Off Ramp to MIT sold as a Bike Path, with major harm to the Charles River, and to the Cambridge Environment” at https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/6697413398555732422.  

The con game is a bikeway which allegedly is the reason for doubling the size of the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge over the Charles River.  It is no coincidence that, in 2003, the public transit agency proved that the bridge could be widened to create a working off ramp from I90 to Cambridge’s Kendall Square / Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I am far along on greater details on the stalking horse and reality

The governor has recently announced that a lot of savings are needed in the rebuild project.  Even standing up to the off ramp to MIT, a lot of money can and should be saved.  Another part of the empire building sneaked in is a personal Commuter Rail stop for Harvard University next to the rebuilt and I90.

Secretary Pollack is being temporarily replaced as MassDOT Secretary by Jamie Tessler who has wide experience throughout the department.

This report is based on materials from the MassDOT Blog on line.

Here is a still from  “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage,” posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw, minute 1.59, showing I90 on the bottom and the world under most direct attack by the Cambridge City Council and friends on top.


Here also is my suggestion for a responsible alternative to Harvard’s private commuter rail stop.  The stop is being sold as a silly “neighborhood improvement.”  I propose that rather than spending all this money for silly empire building, the new area being laid out in what is now an abandoned rail yard and highway exit ramps, be connected by a new Green Line A spur with stops connecting this new Harvard campus and the adjacent residential North Allston neighborhood to Harvard Square and to Back Bay.  The Back Bay connection would be by way of connecting to the existing Green Line B branch at the BU Bridge / Commonwealth Avenue intersection (upper right in the other attachment).  Harvard Station on the Red Line was built retaining a preexisting tunnel which could be used for access, with limited appropriate adjustments in the facility.   


Negligible additional moneys should be spent as part of this project.  Room should simply be left for the Green Line A spur and it be built when funds become available and the new Harvard campus is further along.  Additional reduction in the existing overload in downtown Boston and Cambridge facilities would be obvious.  Plus it would provide transportation to connect the relocated Harvard Medical School and related facilities to the Longwood / Harvard Medical area and the Orange Line by the Inner Belt subway in planning which would include or terminate with transfers at Kenmore Station on the Green Line and Landsdowne Station on the Commuter Rail.  The latter connection, or the new commuter rail station at Boston Landing  makes a lot more sense than the private Harvard stop.  Boston Landing is so close that busing is obvious.

This post was initially published January 22, 2021.  It was amended January 25, 2021 by adding my suggestions for an alternative to Harvard’s private commuter rail station.

Congratulations, once again, to Secretary Pollack on her promotion.  She has done well.  During her tenure, MassDOT has been the adult in the room on the Charles River.  MassDOT is not perfect, but it has frequently stood up to the Cambridge City Council and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation on outrages they have fought for.