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/ar.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.

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Strange Activity at the Magazine Beach Pool Area

 Strange Activity at the Magazine Beach Pool Area


1. Phil’s Report, December 29, 2020.

2. Context.


1. Phil’s Report, December 29, 2020.

DCR (presumably) is using heavy earthmoving equipment ... to pick up fallen leaves at MB. Seen this AM. crazy

It's in the small parking area next to the pool. They are gathering leaves from the lawns, which they pushed into piles with a Bobcat.


2. Context.

This photo was taken by Phil from the overpass connecting the destruction area at Magazine Beach over Memorial Drive to the neighborhood side.  As we have reported, significant trees have been destroyed adorning that overpass already.

The destructive people associated with the Cambridge City Council and the Department of Conservation and Recreation do the nastiest stuff as secretly as possible.

To put it mildly, use of heavy equipment to clean up leaves and other vegetative debris is bizarre.

Phil is extremely observant.  One thing which he first reported on was the effects of poisoning of the Charles River by the Charles River Poisoner.  The Charles River Poisoner is being paid by the Cambridge City Council to do “environmental” work in this area preparatory to destroying the magnificent grove west of the Magazine Beach bathhouse for the Magazine Beach Pool.

The area where the heavy equipment is being used to pick up leaves is the area the Cambridge City Council is paying the Charles River Poisoner to do her latest work.

The photo is by telephoto lens.  In the background is the Charles River and vegetation at the edge of the Charles River.  Because of the lens used, the background appears closer to the truck than would otherwise be.

Here is a crop of a drone photo of the area, taken from “Flying Along the Charles River, From BU and MIT to Harvard, DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone Footage,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlFfZHeMIpI, Minute 2.33.


The upper left part of the picture is the Charles River.  The large white rectangle is the Magazine Beach Pool.  The dark grey / black rectangle is its bathhouse.  Memorial Drive can be seen diagonally at the bottom right, along with an even tinier portion of the parking lot of the MicroCenter store across Memorial Drive.

The excellent grove that the DCR and the Cambridge City Council want destroyed is the grove of trees facing Memorial Drive starting above the Bathhouse.

The explanation of the DCR for destroying this grove WHICH THEY ADMIT IS EXCELLENT is that they want to move the parking area which is clearly visible between the swimming pool and the water and which extends from there to Memorial Drive under trees closer to the water.  They want to move that parking on top of the excellent grove.

The area which the Cambridge City Council is paying the Charles River Poisoner to “plan" is the clearly visible part of the parking lot plus the grassy area below it next to the pool.

The heavy machinery being used to pick up vegetation is in the clearly visible part of the parking lot.  It is picking up debris from the grassy area.

And here is a ground shot from the MicroCenter parking lot of the excellent but doomed grove.  The photo is about four years old now.  These excellent trees the Cambridge City Council and the DCR want to destroy are that much larger.  They are not the largest trees being destroyed.


In accordance with the long established procedure of the Cambridge City Council, it is telling voters to look at everything but its environmental outrages.

The latest nonsense is a plan to “protect” the trees of Cambridge.

It is not at all a coincidence that the trees on the Charles being destroyed by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR are exempted from the trees being “protected.”

A concise wording of the standing policy:

Don’t look at what we are destroying, look at what we tell you to look at.

They love to yell at the other guy.  It gives the voters false impressions.

Sunday, December 20, 2020

A private Interstate Off Ramp to MIT sold as a Bike Path, with major harm to the Charles River, and to the Cambridge Environment.

 A private Interstate Off Ramp to MIT sold as a Bike Path, with major harm to the Charles River, and to the Cambridge Environment.

1. The key part of an outrage.

2. Introduction.

3. I90 connection to MIT.


1. The key part of an outrage.

Here is the overview of the situation, taken from “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage," posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw.  This is a still from minute 1.59.  Below I will present more stills from this source, only providing the minute as identification.


This is an overall picture of the area we have been studying.  The Magazine Beach Playing fields, Woods and Swimming pool are very prominent in the middle.  Also prominent toward the bottom is the narrow portion of I90 which needed to be replaced, plus Soldiers Field Road below it.

Less visible AND KEY are the BU Bridge, the Grand Junction railroad bridge, the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese, the doomed wild area, and the Grand Junction Railroad which runs through and is targeted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Details below.


2. Introduction.

It is so distressing to see Cambridge Pols selling con games to well meaning people.  I could go on and on and on.

The basic con is:   Do not look at what we are destroying.  Look at what we tell you to look at.

The Charles River White Geese, other free animals and the Charles River environment are beloved by decent human beings and attacked by frauds who call themselves environmental saints.

One of the big differences from the past is that we now have drones flying around in the skies which help call liars liars.

Plus there are good people involved.  On the Charles River the good people are the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  

The bad people, as usual, are the Cambridge City Council, related bureaucrats, fake “protectors” who do exactly the opposite, and too many others.  The bad folks scratch each others backs and lie and lie and lie.  Although people who have been conned can be very aggressive about stabbing themselves in the their own backs because they trust people who should not be trusted.

I have been working on the state’s plans to correct a very dangerous situation on the Boston side of the Charles River from the habitat which is directly being attacked by the Cambridge City Council and bureaucrats from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

They have very terrible plans for the Charles River.  They have been fighting for destruction using various frauds.  This report is about a fraud which claims to be helping bicyclists.  Much of the fraud is quite beneficial.  The bad stuff MassDOT is protecting the bicyclists from.  

There is a railroad track going through the eastern part of Cambridge called the Grand Junction railroad.  There are big plans there, most of it is good.

As usual, the bad stuff has been kept as secret as possible from the victims.  The worst of it can be avoided, and I have tried to help well meaning people from, once again, being shafted by their government, and I have proposed a limited modification which could make the plans responsible.  

MassDOT, once again, is standing up to dirty tricks coming out of the Cambridge City Council.  I have responded to those dirty tricks and communicated a lot of responses.

Reality dates back to 2003 when the regional transportation authority, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority proved it possible to create an off ramp from I90 to the Metropolitan Institute of Technology.  This off ramps is behind so much of the outrages on the Cambridge side of the Charles River.

The bad guys have tried to sneak in dirty tricks publicly AND LOST.  So they are trying to sneak them into MassDOT’s proposal to make safe the portion of I90 which is across the Charles River from Magazine Beach.  This stretch is now 40 to 50 years old.  It is elevated and is being held together by extreme means.

Cambridge and friends are trying to use this repair work to assist in the creation of the off ramp which was proven possible in 2003.

Here is how it works.


3. I90 connection to MIT.

Never mentioned in all the piety from the Cambridge pols is the demonstration by the MBTA in 2003 that an off ramp can be built from I90 to the north through Cambridge, specifically to the heart of the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OR FURTHER.  

Their sales pitch is “bike way,” not mentioning that the bikeway, IF THE POLS HAVE THEIR WAY, will be the stalking horse for that off ramp.

From minute 4.39 of the Drone footage:

On the left side in the V between the BU Bridge and the on ramp to Memorial Drive, is the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.  The Grand Junction railroad bridge can be seen on both sides of the BU Bridge.  It runs under the BU Bridge.


Following that line to the left can be seen the Grand Junction Railroad Tracks heading to MIT.  The buildings directly above that track, starting from the tallest building, are MIT buildings.

Looking to the right, the BU Bridge meets Commonwealth Avenue Boston ABOVE I90, the Mass. Pike.  I90 comes to that point from the bottom right hand corner.  Closer to the Charles River than I90 and running under the BU Bridge is Soldiers Field Road, the Boulevard on the Boston Side of the Charles River which matches Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

To the bottom left can be seen the Magazine Beach Playing Fields blocked off from the Charles River by the Starvation Wall.

At minute 4.40 is a closer view of the same relationship.


The MBTA study proved an off ramp can be built from the east bound lanes (Upper / right) of I90 AT THIS POINT to the Grand Junction River Bridge.  The study showed that a ramp in the opposite direction can be built from the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge to the west bound (lower/left) lanes.  

The one problem with the MBTA plan was that the bridge is not wide enough to build both the railroad and the off and on ramps.  Dah, dah, all those lovely people and the Cambridge City Council are fighting to add to the I90 rebuild a widening of the Grand Junction Bridge.  

They call it "bike lanes."  The reality is that, once it is built and it is convenient for MIT, there is no reason from the point of view of MIT to continue to call it bike lanes.  Once MIT decides it is convenient and politically feasible, they have their private off ramp to I90.  That off ramp can be extended beyond the Main portion of MIT to Kendall Square Cambridge and, quite possibly over the extent of the “bike path” toward the Somerville line.

Nearly fifty years ago, Cambridge activists defeated a super highway in this area.  It was called the “Inner Belt.”  

I had the honor of being an intern in the governor’s office when he announced the killing of the inner belt, although I was working on other matters.  Very discretely, on my own, I was in the middle of a legislative bicycle victory.  Without me having any visibility, some associates of mine achieved a veto of an inadvertently harmful bike bill which passed both houses without negative comment.

Cantabridgians from that time period are very proud of the victory over the "Inner Belt."

Here from minute 9.13 is the same view from the east (upper in the prior picture).


Here from minute 10.54 is the view from the west showing the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge (on right) .connecting to the Grand Junction Railroad toward the MIT Campus.  It has to go under Memorial Drive to get there.

At the top can be seen the Mass. Ave. (“Harvard” Bridge) which connects directly to the main part of the MIT Campus.

Here, from minute 9.28 is the Grand Junction track running from this point to Massachusetts Avenue.


From the left, first is the Grand Junction.  Then is Vassar Street.  Then is Memorial Drive.  At the top is the Mass. Ave. Bridge.  Massachusetts Avenue and the Grand Junction connect straight ahead.  

To those in the process of being fooled, the Grand Junction widening is sold as a bike path.  The MBTA plan showed it as an off ramp going to the heart of the MIT Campus.

This post was initially published December 20, 2020.  It was amended January 29, 2021 for correct identification of the three major arteries.

Monday, November 23, 2020

More proof of “non-existent” tree destruction on the Charles River by DCR with the constant Cambridge City Council support.

 More proof of “non-existent” tree destruction on the Charles River by DCR with the constant Cambridge City Council support.

1. General.

2. Previously unreported proof of Destruction.

3.     Administrative Detail.

1.    General.

This is an expansion and elaboration of part of my report posted on this blog at https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/1990575096090637805.  

The Cambridge City Council rather persistently lies of environmental sainthood in spite of constant praise of the destructive Department of Conservation and Recreation INCLUDING funds to add to the destruction, and deafening silence during extreme outrages.

The goals of the destructive duo are rather clearly to achieve massive destruction of trees, vegetation and animal habitat on the Charles River, while the Cambridge City Council tells people to ignore reality and look at Pablum.

Some examples of outrages include:

The January 2016 destruction of hundreds of mature trees and animal habitat between the BU Bridge and Longfellow Bridge, as demonstrated in my video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.  A very major portion of this planned outrage was missed has since been announced in rather fraudulent series of public meetings which the City Council praised with maximum deniability.

On June 6, 2017, I passed on to the Cambridge City Council, the DCR’s plans to destroy 54 mostly excellent trees and animal habitat at Magazine Beach along with photos of doomed excellence.  That document, whose existence is repeatedly denied in Council while I repeat references and copies, is posted on the Charles River White Geese blog at http://focrwg.com/agenda1.html.  

I have updated the outrages at Communication 2 of October 26, 2020, published by the City Clerk at http://cambridgema.iqm2.com/Citizens/FileOpen.aspx?Type=1&ID=2317&Inline=True, pages 182 to 214.  This letter is 32 pages with a lot of detail.  It is too large to be meaningfully put on this blog.  So I have been breaking it out and posting it in segments.  The second segment is the one this post expands on.

2. Previously unreported proof of Destruction.

There have been omissions in the reporting.  I just caught proof of one omission in one of the drone videos printed in the post I am expanding on.

In addition to outrages right on the Charles River, the DCR INCLUDED IN THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL PRAISE, has destroyed trees lovingly cared for by the owners of the MicroCenter, ACROSS FROM THE EXCELLENT GROVE THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL IS PREPARING FOR DESTRUCTION by funding the Charles River Poisoner to help out.

Here is a drone photo of the targeted grove, from “From Cambridge to Boston with the DJ Inspire 1 Drone footage,” posted at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN-OmMzvHhw, minute 7.50.

The folks we are dealing with do a lot of lying, so it is helpful to find times they have placed their plans on public record.  The drone footage from which this is a blow up occurred shortly after the DCR / Cambridge City Council praised and Cambridge aided destruction in January 2016, but before the plans which I passed on to the know nothing Cambridge City Council in my letter of June 6, 2017.

Those plans show intent to destroy this excellent grove and show intent to destroy two trees on the opposite side of the street (Memorial Drive) from this doomed grove.  The DCR with the non stop praise from the Cambridge City Council went beyond their plans and destroyed half the trees across from the doomed grove on the sidewalk for the MicroCenter Shopping Center.  That Shopping Center’s parking lot is at the top of this still which I included in my report.

I realized after publication that this photo includes the before destruction status of the trees the DCR totally illegally destroyed next to the MicroCenter Shopping Center.

Here is the after photo of those trees which I have previously provided.  NOTE THE MULCH AROUND THE OBVIOUSLY HEALTHY STUMPS of destroyed trees.  Memorial Drive is to the right.  The two not destroyed trees are straight ahead and the parking lot is to the left.  The owner of the parking lot lovingly cared for ALL FOUR TREES.


Here is a blow up as relevant of the drone photo above.


The lovingly cared for trees, now stumps, above are the two trees on the left in front of the MicroCenter Parking Lot. .  The not destroyed two trees and also lovingly cared for trees are on the right.

Here are the relevant portion of plans provided by the DCR at their October 26, 2016 show and tell to the Cambridge Conservation Commission.


THESE ARE NOT THE OFFICIAL PLANS.  They include significant lies about the “quality” of the trees they are destroying WHICH HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE OFFICIAL PLANS. 

The interesting thing when dealing with dishonest entities are admissions against interest.  Those are much more likely to be accurate than outright statements.  These plans are more detailed and UP TO DATE than the filed plans.  These plans also ADMIT THAT ALL OF THE GROVE THE CITY COUNCIL IS CURRENTLY WORKING TO DESTROY ARE EXCELLENT TREES.  They cannot even claim under their bizarre lies that these trees are other than excellent.

The SEVEN ADMITTEDLY excellent trees for which the Cambridge City Council is paying the Charles River Poisoner to do destruction preparation are to the left of the plan.  The building at the bottom right is the state bath house for its swimming pool.

The lying color code translated ADMITS all seven trees targeted by the DCR and the Cambridge City Council are excellent healthy trees.  Destruction plans are the yellow circles.  The larger the circles, the larger the doomed trees.

Memorial Drive extends right to left.  The two red outlined circles above Memorial Drive are trees destroyed next to the MicroCenter building.  The red outline, subject to bizarre lying definition, indicates that the DCR, sniff, did not consider these trees worth saving.  

ALL OF THE TREES CURRENTLY BEING TARGETED FOR DESTRUCTION BY THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL ARE ADMITTED TO BE EXCELLENT.

The four trees in the above photos are to the left of the two CONFESSED TO destroyed trees on the other side of the driveway which is split in the plans.

Failure to included the four lovingly cared for trees indicates that THEY WERE NOT IN THE PLANNING AREA.  Those two trees were clearly destroyed at the same time as the two, SNIFF, SNIFF, bragged about destruction.

The presence of the two trees shown on the MicroCenter side indicates an intent to replace with saplings.  The ABSENCE of the ILLEGALLY DESTROYED TREES indicates total lack of interest in replacing.

AND THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL CONSTANTLY PRAISES THE DCR, ALONG WITH FUNDING OF ACTUAL DESTRUCTION AS presented in my October 26, 2020 letter, above.

The Cambridge City Council routinely lies to its constituents about environmental sainthood by YELLING AT THE OTHER GUY AND KEEPING THEIR OUTRAGES AS SECRET AS POSSIBLE, frequently denying responsibility for outrages accomplished by them or praised by them.

The plans for the Magazine Beach area are kept as secret as possible for obvious reasons.  Here is a crop of a plan which was disclosed by the Charles River Poisoner in a city council meeting on February 25, 2019.  It SECRETLY allocates responsibility for work.


The basis of this plan would appear to be the same as above with all its lying.  Key, however, is that it allocates responsibility for work going forward from, it would appear, the DCR intentions.  The basis is before the ILLEGAL destruction.  What is important is the allocation of work going forward.  THE ONLY WORK WHICH APPEARS TO BE DONE NORTH OF MEMORIAL DRIVE IS A NEW AREA BY CAMBRIDGE’S MORSE SCHOOL.

THERE IS NO INTENT TO REPLACE ANY OF THE TREES DESTROYED NORTH OF MEMORIAL DRIVE BY THE DCR INCLUDING THE ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION NEXT TO THE MICROCENTER PARKING LOT

3.  Administrative Detail.


I do these blog posts in coordination with condensations on Facebook pages and in email mailings.  The condensations are because the other publications are inappropriate for this level of detail.  This level of detail very much would overload the other media.

I intended to pass on my prior post to the other lists, but my discovery of this proof of destruction makes that post too large to pass on without edit.  This is the uncondensed version of the edit which adds to what will wind up on the edit condensation.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Recent Charles River Outrages by Cambridge, Part 2, Coming Destruction being set up, with payment to the Charles River Poisoner, PLUS previously undocumented destruction documented..

Recent Charles River Outrages by Cambridge, Part 2, Coming Destruction being set up, with payment to the Charles River Poisoner; PLUS previously undocumented destruction documented.


I. Introduction.

II. Index to letter.

III. Destruction responsibilities PAID to the Charles River Poisoner as a reward to the Charles River Poisoner for the poisoning she has accomplished.

IV. Previously unavailable photo of ILLEGALLY accomplished destruction.


I. Introduction.


A few weeks ago, the Cambridge City Council demonstrated their most important tactic in their ongoing attacks on the Charles River: lying about which side they are on.

I have mailed a 32 page response which sketchingly provides part of the very terrible record of this very destructive body in a city which expects exactly the opposite.

I passed on to this blog the first part of this letter on October 16, 2020..  https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/3421260344764141600.


II. Index to letter.

1. Latest Nonsense.

2. Poisoning of the Charles.

A. Destruction Rewarded. [provided before]

B. Destruction Coming. [provided below, the reward of the Cambridge City Council to the Charles River Poisoner]

3. City Council Direct Destruction.

A. Destroyed Boat Dock.

B. Ongoing and accelerating riverbank and tree destruction.

4. Core Destruction in the Magnificent Park.

5. Destruction of the Excellence at the Overpass.

6. Destruction in January 2016.

7. Coming destructive of magnificent woods PRAISED with deniability.

8. Destruction coming, care of the replacement (?) point person, the Harvard Square Destroyer.

9. Coming Destruction apparently being prevented by the CEO of MassDOT?


The first part of the letter went into the poisoning of the Charles River and the City Council’s REWARDING THE POISONER..

Here is the second part.  This goes into the outrage which that UNANIMOUS city council paid the Charles River Poisoner to reward her for poisoning the Charles River.  The award included lovely language and KEY WORDS to the outrage she achieved on the Charles River.


III. Destruction responsibilities PAID to the Charles River Poisoner as a reward to the Charles River Poisoner for the poisoning she has accomplished.

To put things in perspective, here is a drone shot showing the worst area CURRENTLY AND IN THE NEAR FUTURE under attack by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR, including the wild area which is targeted next, at the top along with the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese, to which they are confined with their food destroyed AND WALLED OFF.  


Then is the BU Bridge.  The playing fields first poisoned by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR in the late 2000's starts at the softball field and runs to EXCELLENT woods UNDER ATTACK by the Cambridge City Council and the DCR.  

This is the poisoning which the Charles River Poisoner rerouted into the Charles River as agent for the DCR (photo, first page [ed: https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/3421260344764141600]).  In the middle left slightly above center, the photo shows some introduced and inferior poison eating grass which has been worn to the ground.  Between this outrage and the Charles River is the expensive poison drainage system which has been rerouted into the Charles River (that photo).

The state pool is in the middle toward the bottom.  The area the Charles River Poisoner is being paid to plan is between the pool and the Charles River.  Note the parking lot which is included in that area.  Apparently the entire parking lot including that area is being moved ON TOP OF THE EXCELLENT GROVE OF TREES to the left of the swimming pool and below it.  I am quoting DCR officials’ public comments to the Cambridge Conservation Commission during a show and tell.

The building across the street is MicroCenter.  Photo is a cropped still from minute 3.13 of “Flying Along the Charles River, From BU and MIT to Harvard, DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone Footage”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlFfZHeMIpI

Here is a photo of the grove from the MicroCenter side.  Its thickness and beauty is very difficult to present at ground level.

The gig for which the nine THEN city councilors paid to hire the Charles River Poisoner would set the ground work for the destruction of the excellent grove across from the MicroCenter on Memorial Drive, next to the state swimming pool.


Here is a drone shot of that grove, taken from minute 7.50 of “Flying Along the Charles River, From BU and MIT to Harvard, DJI Inspire 1 Pro Drone Footage,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlFfZHeMIpI.


Another very major example of WHAT THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL IS TRYING TO HIDE FROM ITS VOTERS IS Cambridge’s hiring of the women responsible for the algae poisoning of the Charles River during 2019 and 2020.  She has been hired to do further environmentally destructive work on the banks of the Charles River.  The latest effort for which she has been hired includes preparatory work for the destruction of the excellent grove across from MicroCenter shopping center.  That is part of the destruction of 60+ plus trees at Magazine Beach which the Cambridge City Council has repeatedly praised and which destruction the Cambridge City Council has directly funded, INCLUDING RECENT DESTRUCTION OF EXCELLENT TREES.

[Ed.  The markings at the bottom of this picture and the first picture are the result of blowing up the still to concentrate on the doomed, excellent trees.  They are a key part of the original still and cannot be deleted without losing part of the grove.  Details of the poisoning for which the Charles River Poisoner is being rewarded as presented in the city council letter were reproduced at https://www.blogger.com/blog/post/edit/19121262/3421260344764141600.]


IV. Previously unavailable photo of ILLEGALLY accomplished destruction.

An unexpected benefit of these drone photos is the ability to report destruction which was kept secret in the OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF DESTRUCTION PLANS which we did not previously have because two trees were illegally destroyed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation which were outside the bounds which we photod and thus did not record their prior condition.

The drone videos were taken just after the outrageous destruction in January 2016 between the BU and Longfellow Bridges.  Our detailed video of that January 2016 destruction is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTplCCEJP7o.  

The drone videos thus show conditions at Magazine Beach in approximately March 2016, prior to the recent outrages at Magazine Beach.  The filed plans showed a projection of destruction of 54 trees.  They did not include totally illegal destruction by the DCR across from the currently targeted grove.  The owner of the shopping center had been lovingly caring for four trees next to its parking lot.  Two of those four trees were wantonly destroyed by the DCR with the Cambridge City Council’s praise.  

Those ILLEGALLY DESTROYED TREES show in the above still from minute 7.50.

Here is the portion cropped to the ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION.  The two smaller trees on the left were wantonly destroyed.  Photo cropped from still of minute 7.50 taken in about March 2016.



And here is the after picture which I took when I realized that TOTALLY ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION had been accomplished by the DCR WITH THE USUAL NON STOP PRAISE FROM THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL.  Photo taken July 26, 2017.


















And here is the after picture which I took when I realized that TOTALLY ILLEGAL DESTRUCTION had been accomplished by the DCR WITH THE USUAL NON STOP PRAISE FROM THE CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL.  Photo taken July 26, 2017.

Thursday, November 05, 2020

Richard McKinnon, R.I.P.

 I have sent the following letter to the Cambridge City Council and to the City Manager:

1. Letter.

Gentlemen / Ladies:

I was distressed to learn of the passing of Richard McKinnon by Resolution 3 of November 2, 2020, but pleased to see the City Council’s response.

I first met Richie as assistant to Al Vellucci.  He was always a welcome and active face in City Hall.

To his passing, I was always pleased to see him when I visited events in East Cambridge.

Richie was a moderating force at Alewife in striking contrast to the fake protective group at Alewife which takes its direction from the Development Department.

Clearly the most visible public impact that I am aware of came in the Sheila Cook Zoning petition concerning Alewife in 2000 to 2001.  I did the legal drafting for her.

The fake protective group, as is the wont of these terrible entities, did very real harm to Sheila’s petition and to the cause of open space in general in the city.  There was a very real victory in Sheila’s getting through the environmental part of the Sheila Cook petition insofar as it was not gutted by the fake protective group.  There is no doubt in my mind that Richie could have been instrumental in the City Council’s passing of that portion of the petition.

We saved for return to the environment that portion of the Silver Maple Forest which the Metropolitan District Commission (now the Department of Conservation and Recreation) had allowed to be destroyed for a parking lot.  As a result, what was a parking lot between Alewife Station and Route 2 is now returning to nature.

Richie did a good job returning to the world that lovely area.

Richie was helpful in trying to moderate the destructiveness of the Cambridge City Council and the MDC / DCR toward the natural environment in the Alewife area including the two’s irresponsible destruction of 3.4 acres of magnificent Silver Maple Forest.  The fake protective group was too visible in its Company Union function, along with the assistance of their fellow villains elsewhere in Cambridge.

I was always pleased to say hello to Richie at City Council meetings.  I was happy to continue to meet him at East Cambridge meetings.  I was happy as I saw his recovery from ailments.   

I regret that he has lost the fight, and I mourn for him.


2. Details.

Richie was the representative for the developer for the property which included that parking lot.

The fact that he was so much more reasonable and constructive than the fake group which claimed to be defending the environment says way too much about the sick situation which exists in Cambridge, MA, USA.

The same sickness exists on the Charles River with a much larger scale and much larger destructiveness, in the context of the same or worse duplicity.

This is reality in the City of Cambridge, USA and on the Charles River.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Cambridge City Council takes ANOTHER SECRET VOTE ON THE CHARLES. Disrespects public speakers in main meeting.

RE: Cambridge City Council takes ANOTHER SECRET VOTE ON THE CHARLES.  Disrespects public speakers in main meeting.


Last night, I watched the entire Cambridge City Council meeting on the Internet.  I noted one HIGHLY improper vote, plus disrespect of the public in its on line presentation of public comments.  


1. YET ANOTHER SECRET VOTE ON THE CHARLES RIVER.

At the end of the meeting, three “late motions” were presented to the council in a group, BUT THE MOTION ON THE CHARLES RIVER WAS NOT PUBLICLY READ AS FAR AS I COULD HEAR.

The only public communication was a correction on the subject.  Apparently the original motion referred to I95.  That was changed IN THE CLEAR to I90, the Mass. Pike, about which MassDOT has been proposing changes to its plans, to the detriment of the dirty tricks coming out of the City of Cambridge.

As far as I could gather last night, yet another dirty trick.


2. Public disrespected in comments.

I have long demanded that the Cambridge City Council, IF IT IN REALITY REFLECTED THE LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITY IT CLAIMS should seek transfer of Charles River responsibilities from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

MassDOT has been the adult in the room on Charles River matters in comparison to the DCR and the Cambridge City Council.  If the Cambridge City Council resembled the holier than thou entity its keeps calling itself, it would seek to have the legislature transfer Charles River responsibility to MassDOT.

Another example of that was the new reality of the City Council’s public broadcast of its meetings as done last night in comparison to the public meeting MassDOT just had on its latest changes in plans for the I90 rebuild.

Every member of the public who wished to be shown publicly who spoke at the MassDOT meeting was so shown.

The City Council showed the faces of City Councilors not in their meeting room, but kept the faces of members of the public secret from viewers.

This was, of course, in addition to the secrecy of the I90 vote.

Yet another example of just how much more responsible MassDOT is than the Cambridge City Council.