Sunday, March 29, 2020



I have not had Internet access for two weeks because of complications in computer access related to the Coronavirus.

I still have 1 1/3 reports from Phil pending.  I anticipate returning to posting them hopefully tomorrow.

They will continue his reports on the Charles River and will include references to the governmental outrages in Cambridge, MA, USA and to the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Usual villains feature Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

A very important apparent good guy is the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

MassDOT is not perfect, but it has meaningfully stood up to the destructive Cambridge City Council and the DCR.  The adult in the room with two irresponsible children.

And here is a photo of the 39 year resident Charles River White Geese, under horrible attack by these terrible entities, just the most visible of the free animals increasingly abused by the Destructive Duo.

During the past year, more habitat has been attacked, excellent trees have been destroyed, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has declared the Charles River a Public Health Hazard as the result of poisons being rerouted to the Charles River from the Magazine Beach playing fields, poisons which should not even be used on the banks of the Charles River.

But the Cambridge City Council persists in its nonstop proclamations of environmental sainthood.

Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Developer Hated NON PAID FOR Vegetation Thrives on Charles River. Charles River Poisoner Rewarded by Cambridge City Council.

Developer Hated NON PAID FOR Vegetation Thrives on Charles River.  Charles River Poisoner Rewarded by Cambridge City Council.

1. Introduction.
A. Fighting the Destruction of Harvard Square.
B, The Ongoing Destruction of the Charles River.
2. Phil’s Report.
3. Photo Elaboration.
A. Phragmites in Context.  Responsible Neighboring Community Contrasted to Cambridge.
B. Phragmites on the Charles River.
C. “Activist” creates Public Health Emergency on the Charles River by attacking NON PAID FOR vegetation.
4. Cambridge City Council rewards the Charles River Poisoner.
A. Fake Protection, Fake Protective Groups.
B. The Cambridge City Council rewards the Charles River Poisoner.  Details of the site.
C. The Cambridge City Council’s Payoff to the Charles River Poisoner.

1. Introduction.

A. Fighting the Destruction of Harvard Square.

I have been severely taxed trying to prevent destruction of Harvard Square through that zoning vote by Cambridge MS, USA’s City Council.  Regrettably, all NINE of its members voted for an outrage.  That says everything that needs to be said about NINE Cambridge City Councilors.

I normally do not go into internal matters to Friends of the White Geese and these blog reports.  One administrative matter rather glared at me yesterday doing my administrative responsibilities.  On this blog, we have had a few, rather limited, reports on the outrage being inflicted on Harvard Square by NINE destructive Cambridge City Councilors.  The blog management very religiously reports to us the hits we get on this blog.

During the publication of our relatively few reports on the destruction being inflicted on Harvard Square by those NINE councilors, the monthly hits on this blog were approximate FIVE TIMES our previous MAXIMUM monthly hits.

B, The Ongoing Destruction of the Charles River.

Now I am catching up on my correspondence.

This is my second report based on the same update from Phil.  The prior report provides analysis and overall photos of the area of the Charles River being destroyed by the Destructive Duo, Cambridge and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.  The photos were stills recreated from “Cambridge to Boston with the DJI Inspire 1, Drone Footage” posted at

Here, once again, are the two key stills viewing the west and east parts of the Charles River under attack by the Destructive Duo, presented at run times 10.02 and 10.54, respectively.

My complete report is posted at

I will edit Phil’s report for your understanding and mix in stills from the first of the three drone films he aimed me at.  That report was extremely valuable.  It included the links to the URL’s from the drone footage of the area of the Charles River being attacked by the Destructive Duo.  I provided general area views from the drone footage here as in my last report.

For your understanding, I am including an analysis which is much longer than Phil’s report.  A lot of background gets assumed by us when we see more outrages coming from the Destructive Duo.  You are getting the background.

As in the prior report, I will provide the run time of the stills for complete attribution.  I am also including some stock footage.  If it is not identified it is from me,

One other possible caveat, during the consideration of the Harvard Square destruction, I publicly supported renewal of the City Manager’s contract.  That was because, IN CONTRAST TO HIS THREE PREDECESSORS, he appears to be just doing his job.  The lack of responsibility before very clearly came from three bad City Managers.  Here, at least to me, the City Manager has communicated that he is not calling the shots on irresponsible behavior, but that the City Council, measured at NINE out of NINE in the Harvard Square outrage, is calling the shots and he is just doing his job.

2. Phil’s Report.

I did notice that the eastern drainage area has been marked off with pink ribbons marked "wet area 06" so I assume they are mounting another attack on the Phragmites. The lovely reeds have been scattering literally millions of fluffy seeds to the winds since Autumn, so they will be pretty much unstoppable.  It looks like some Magazine Beach users may have been, as well, collecting and scattering seed heads at different wet spots and along the shoreline, just to be certain they survive the tender ministrations of the "friends of nature".

3. Photo Elaboration.

A. Phragmites in Context.  Responsible Neighboring Community Contrasted to Cambridge.

First of all, Phil talks of Phragmites.  These are beautiful reeds which distress the development hierarchy to no end.  It seems that they grow without any of their members being paid.  That is a no no to people who see no value in anything unless they make money off it.

This distinction is comparable to the outrage of the Cambridge City Council at Harvard Square.  They are turning historical buildings into a Theme Park.  They are destroying excellent historical structures so they can be replaced with something members of the Development Community will be making money from, Theme Park construction which proudly replaces in totality what they have destroyed.

At Magazine Beach, the Development Community destroys these beautiful reeds so their community can make money installing the IN type of vegetation from which the Development Community makes money.

Here is a file photo of Phil’s showing a responsible neighboring community, Somerville.  Somerville has made a museum quality display out these excellent reeds in its portion of the Alewife reservation which is located just outbound from the Red Line subway’s terminal at Alewife Station

In the Cambridge part of the Alewife reservation is a thick centuries old forest.  The Cambridge City Council has referred to this forest, the Silver Maple Forest, as an “irreplaceable” beauty.  So naturally Cambridge and the DCR has destroyed 3.4 acres of the Silver Maple Forest.

Here is my after photo:

The thick forest used to fill this entire area until it was destroyed by the Destructive Duo, the Cambridge City Council and the state’s Department of Conservation and Recreation.

B. Phragmites on the Charles River.

Here, from minute 7.11 of the drone video is a cropped drone still of the Magazine Beach playing fields.

Until the Destructive Duo started their heartless abuse, the Charles River White Geese lived in this area most of the year.

Like the Phragmites, the Charles River White Geese have a fatal defect.  They are a major tourist attraction and highly valuable as a source of beauty.  BUT the Development Community does not make money off them.  Therefore, to the Development Community, they have no value.

The vegetation at the water’s edge was introduced in the 2000's by the Destructive Duo.  It has grown to a height of easily 15 feet and blocks access for food and habitat by the 39 year resident Charles River White Geese.  The opening toward the bottom right was left for a boat dock which existed for most of the 20th Century.

The grey area near the lower right is a corner of the large parking lot where trucks used to park which brought boats to be placed in the river so people WITHOUT PAYING ANYBODY FROM THE IN CROWD could use the Charles River.

The Destructive Duo did not actually destroy the Boat Dock.  They simply constructed obstacles.  So, for all practical purposes, they destroyed the boat dock.  In recent years, the Destructive Duo have spent money here.  It looks beautiful, but:

It continues to block the same free access, and

It makes access by the Charles River White Geese even harder.

Here is my photo from more than five years ago of the blocked boat dock opening with an ADULT WOMAN overwhelmed by the starvation wall.  It is much larger now. [key goose photos, Magazine Beach]

At the same time as heartlessly abusing the Charles River White Geese and other animals of no value to the IN crowd, the Destructive Duo introduced poisons into the environment, clearly harmful to resident animals, but the resident animals have no value to the IN crowd.

So the Destructive Duo introduced, at great expense, two drainage facilities to drain off the poisons they should not even be using on the banks of the Charles River.

Here is a closer drone view, from drone 1 footage, minute 7.26.

There are two drainage areas.  This is the main drainage area.  It has the fancy part of the drainage system.  Further west (above in this photo) is a second drainage area which feeds into the main drainage area.  That is visible in the prior drone crop beyond showing beyond the T shaped main drainage area.

Notice the swaths of dirt.  This is created because the Destructive Duo replaced grass which had been here for a Century with grass the Development Community makes money out of.  It needs their beloved poisons to survive.  But it also is inferior to the grass destroyed and is severely harmed by normal use.

C. “Activist” creates Public Health Emergency on the Charles River by attacking NON PAID FOR vegetation.

The IN crowd is distressed, the Phragmites WITHOUT ANYBODY BEING PAID, has taken over the main drainage area BECAUSE THE PHRAGMITES FEED ON the poisons loved by the Destructive Duo.  So the Phragmites is valuable to the environment because it is drinking up the poisons which should not be used on this area in the first place.  But the IN crowd is making no money.

Here is a photo of the main (east) drainage area, from minute 10.26, taken from a northern approach.

I have previously published Phil’s photo of a sign posted by the DCR bragging of outrages coming from the Destructive Duo.

Here is the right and left portions of a key sign.  It admits that blocking the drainage keeps Destructive Duo poisons out of the Charles where they would be destructive. 

So they, through the Charles River Poisoner blocked the drainage.  And created a Public Health Emergency..

In December 2017, a woman frequently praised by the Cambridge City Council blocked the drainage system.  She acted with FEDERAL (What is that guy’s name?) money working for the DCR with help from the City of Cambridge.  She led a group of “volunteers” provided by the DCR.

With the usual FRAUDULENT environmental claims to the VOLUNTEERS, they removed Phragmites from the main drain area.  They inserted plastic sheets blocking the poison flow from entering the drain area.  They thus moved the poisons introduced by the Destructive Duo into the Charles River.

My photo of the blockage:

The Starvation Wall is visible above the black plastic, then the Charles River followed by Boston vegetation and Boston University Buildings.

A caveat on the money.  The expenditure was during the first year of the term of the incumbent president.  HOWEVER, it was in the LAST TERM of the then local US Representative.  The replacement of Congressperson Capuano effective with the beginning of 2019 COULD have changed a destructive situation.

Whether the administrator of the incumbent president was guilty or Capuano is impossible to say.  It was obviously the “achievement” of the DCR.

Here is Phil’s photo of an early algae pool next to (left of in the above picture) the blocked drainage.

Here is one of many photos from Phil showing the algae growth resulting from blocking the drainage.  Photo taking taken of an area in the Charles River off the shore of Magazine Beach, beyond the Starvation Wall.

And, here is a photo of the City of Cambridge picking up the Phragmites dug out of the drainage area.

In 2019, fake protective groups influenced by the DCR noticed the poisoning and got major publicity with the creation of a Public Health Hazard designation.  It is highly likely that these fake protective groups were not aware that the poisoning was done by a woman working as agent of the DCR with assistance of the other member of the Destructive Duo.  Fake protective groups DO NOT deviate from the party line.

I sent several communications to government entities.

The outrage in the drainage ditch was removed.  Perhaps as a result of actions by the City Manager?  The Charles River Poisoner publicly acknowledged that, after the blockage had been place for more than a year and a half, she had been forced to remove it.

4. Cambridge City Council rewards the Charles River Poisoner.

A. Fake Protection, Fake Protective Groups.

These destructive followers of the City of Cambridge keep showing up, doing terrible things on behalf of the DCR and the Cambridge Development Department.  They keep bragging UNTIL THE LIES ARE NO LONGER EFFECTIVE.  And they pat each other on the back with mutual and unfounded lies of environmental sainthood.

The Charles River Poisoner fought for the January 2016 outrage by leading a fake protective group which loudly claimed to be protecting the Charles.  She combined non stop bragging of all the great work they were doing.  At the same time they suppressed public knowledge of the plans of the Destructive Duo for destruction of hundreds of trees between the BU Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge.


In the meeting of the fake group just before the January 2016 outrage, I was shouted down when seeking responsible behavior from this fake group.  “NOT IN OUR JURISDICTION.”

In the meeting after hundreds of trees were destroyed, the fake group had no problems with discussing whether they should be paid off for their assistance by having a say in saplings replacing the excellent trees they had used their Company Union tactics to help destroy.

The Charles River Poisoner is now running around fighting to destroy 60+ mostly excellent trees at Magazine Beach, lying that she is not destroying trees.

The tactics are similar to the woman who was key in the vote of the Cambridge City Council for massive Harvard Square destruction and creation of Theme Park buildings IN PLACE OF MEANINGFUL HISTORICAL BUILDINGS in Harvard Square.  That women LOUDLY AND REPEATEDLY denies that she is destroying historical / important buildings.  But that is not reality.

The pitch appears to be that historical buildings of Harvard Square would not be destroyed; they would be “conserved” by being 100% destroyed and then having 100% new Theme Park structures created in their place.  I provided a detailed response of that FRAUD.  FRAUD is very much too common when dealing with the fake protective groups.

loudly yelled at private contractors OBEYING ZONING CONTROLLED BY THE CITY COUNCIL.

Simultaneously the Company Union told people to


ignore the PLANS BY THE DESTRUCTIVE DUO which resulted in the massive destruction reported above.

And the Cambridge City Council repeatedly verbally attacked developers for destruction ALLOWED BY MUNICIPAL ZONING.  “Irreplaceable” Silver Maple Forest was the term the hypocritical Cambridge City Council used when yelling at the other guy FOR OBEYING MUNICIPAL ZONING, and at the same time as the Cambridge City Council destroyed 3.4 acres of the “Irreplaceable” Silver Maple Forest..

This stunt is equivalent to the votes to destroy Harvard Square just taken by NINE members of the City Council.  Very much assuredly, this fake protective group with its FRAUDULENT tactics will be yelling at the developers or fake regulators rather than at the GUILTY nine members of the City Council.

Simultaneously with the ongoing destruction at Magazine Beach by the Destructive Duo, the City Council has created an ordinance yelling at PRIVATE PEOPLE for destroying trees on their own property, AT A SCALE FAR BELOW THE OUTRAGES ON THE CHARLES RIVER BY THE DESTRUCTIVE DUO.

The Destructive Duo, of course, is exempt from the “protections.”

Business as usual from a highly destructive and fraud practiced around the Cambridge City Council.

B. The Cambridge City Council rewards the Charles River Poisoner.  Details of the site.

Here is my photo of the excellent grove across from MicroCenter (see my prior report on them) and next to the swimming pool which the Destructive Duo (with Cambridge City Council lying of sainthood) want destroyed.

Here is a crop from minute 10.02 of the drone 1 footage.  I should be able to get better shots as I go through the videos.

Memorial Drive runs along the Charles River in Cambridge.  It is below in this picture.  It is the grey area to the bottom right.

The white area is the DCR swimming pool.  Its supporting structure is gray below / to the right of the pool.

Large trees to the right facing Memorial Drive and the MicroCenter. are doomed as the next step after “improvements” by the Charles River Poisoner under pay approved by the Cambridge City Council..

Between the pool and the Charles River is, on the left plus closer to the river, native (shudder) grass which “needs to be replaced” with poison drinking grass to give proper moneys to the Development Community.  The grey area between the river and the pool is part of the parking lot which follows the Charles River and feeds into Memorial Drive to the mid right.

The “excuse” for destroying these excellent trees is to move the parking lot which follows the Charles to a location which the Destructive Duo prefers.   There are other heinous real reasons.  The simplest is Class Patronage.  Members of the Development Community get paid to destroy and to “repair” destruction.  Patronage to a particular entity is illegal.  Patronage to a class is not.  A rising tide raises all ships.

This report runs 10 pages in hard copy expanding on one paragraph from Phil.  I will go into, and have gone into, greater detail as to the more grand scale reasons for destruction.

Simultaneously, the DCR is working on the I-90 rebuild in Boston.  They will not deny plans to introduce poisons into that area of Boston AND THE CHARLES as part of the project.

My resolution of that problem is the same as my resolution of the problems on the Cambridge side — replace the DCR with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.  MassDOT is not perfect, but it has often been the adult in the room with the highly destructive pair, the Destructive Duo.

C. The Cambridge City Council’s Payoff to the Charles River Poisoner.

The City Council voted money to pay the Charles River Poisoner.  The official explanation was as an environmental adviser.

The Charles River Poisoner is being paid to organize destruction of her detested FREE VEGETATION.  And to move the grassy area on top of the parking area next to it.  The vote included favorable words with regard to her supposed reasons for destruction that resulted in the poisoning of the Charles River.

That parking area, of course, is part of the “reason” for destroying that excellent grove.  The parking area runs from this area along the right edge of the photo.


Friday, March 06, 2020

Panoramic Photos of the targeted part of the Charles River.

Panoramic Photos of the targeted part of the Charles River.

1. Destruction of Harvard Square, Destruction of the Charles.
2. Excellent Drone Videos of the Magazine Beach Area and beyond.  General.
3. Charles River west of the BU Bridge.
4. Charles River from the BU Bridge east.
5. Conclusion.

1. Destruction of Harvard Square, Destruction of the Charles.

I have been spending a lot of time trying to -prevent destructiveness by the Cambridge City Council on another very visible front, Harvard Square.  I have to go over the meeting tapes of Monday’s meeting  to try to assess the greatest blame.  The short of it would appear that Cambridge’s bad city council is as destructive in Harvard Square as it is on the Charles River, but I need to review those tapes a bit more.

As has been common for too many years, fraud has been a too common tool for friends of the Cambridge Development Department trying to do things which normal people would deride.  The reality is that the operatives definitely look like the most guilty.

The trouble is that willful behavior by the Cambridge City Council puts the terrible things in place.  So, while friends of the Development Department with their outrageous behavior seem the instigator, the very terrible things cannot get done without a willful and destructive city council.

While I am reviewing the tapes trying to see if I can separate out levels of guilt in the current nine members of the Cambridge City Council in Harvard Square, I need to place in context the outrageous behavior of the seven carry overs  at Magazine Beach.

Phil has provided server recent reports, trying to put them in place with an excellent new tool found by him.

Afraid the tool wins out.

2. Excellent Drone Videos of the Magazine Beach Area and beyond.  General.

I normally try to let Phil’s reports speak for themselves.  This time, I have this excellent drone footage to do talking as well.  So I will try to integrate..

Phil reports:

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Someone's been doing some lovely drone videos of Magazine Beach. The aerial views are very enjoyable, put the whole river area on both sides in perspective.

Here are some links. The music is mostly terrible, unfortunately but the footage is spectacular

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I have followed up with pleasure.  I ran the first and spent a lot more than its run time on appreciating it and trying to create stills which could be useable in these reports.  So here are two highly impressive stills with explanations that I hope will help people understand this particular outrage.

3. Charles River west of the BU Bridge.

This still is from minute 10:02.

The first link is all I have reviewed so far.  Its title is From “Cambridge to Boston with the DJI Inspire 1, Drone Footage”.  Its running time is 13:54.

The creator can be viewed in control during the final seconds.  In later reports, I will identify the point in the running time a particular still is from.

I spent so much time on the clips that it comes as a pleasant surprise that two uncropped views, say very much what I got out of this particular post.

I definitely admire portions of Brookline (south of the Charles, with a very narrow AND CRUCIAL STRIP of Boston in between).

Key parts of Boston are more relevant than Brookline, although the Brookline views are very nice.

Key Boston views are Boston University and the rebuild of US Interstate 90 (Mass. Pike to locals).

In both stills are river views of destruction by Cambridge and the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.  Please double click them to get the best view.

Both views show major parts of the habitat of the Charles River White Geese as destroyed by self proclaimed environmentalists.

But here are, hopefully two key views which the reader may find helpful and I can follow up with details.

Starting from the bottom left is the Magazine Beach playing fields.  Note the thick vegetation lining the Charles River.  This is introduced vegetation which converts the Charles River Playing Fields into a situation where the Playing Fields might as well be ten miles inland.  It is silly to say it is not intended primarily to starve the Charles River White Geese.

Before the destruction started by Cambridge and the DCR, the playing fields were the home of the Charles River White Geese all year except for really bad weather.

The Cambridge City Council and the DCR play games with funding.  So they can blame the worst outrages on “the other guy.”  The Cambridge City Council proves the nonsense of the funding games, among other things, BY SPOUTING NONSTOP PRAISE OF “THE OTHER GUY”.  The Cambridge City Council took secret funding votes on the Starvation Wall making it worse.

The thick woods just above the playing fields is targeted for MASSIVE DESTRUCTION, MUCH OF WHICH HAS ALREADY OCCURRED.  The building above the targeted woods is the DCR’s swimming pool.  This is followed by more excellent trees, much of which are being destroyed.

Moving to the right, at the very bottom is the top of Cambridge’s Morse School, an elementary school.  Directly above that school facing on the Memorial Drive boulevard on the other side of Magazine Street (barely visible) is a series of stores, a gas station, a MicroCenter Store, a Trader Joe’s and a building with less large uses including Starbucks.

Far up on the right, the biggie, is 808 -812 Memorial Drive, created as affordable housing.  I am not certain how much of it wound up as affordable and how much is market rate.

Above the Charles River is Boston.  Most visible is a recent Dormitory Complex of Boston University, the high rises.  The biggest highway following the water is I-90, the Massachusetts Turnpike.  It is being rebuilt because it is old and occupies too much space.  It is being moved to the left on top of the now abandoned railroad yards.  It will run against Boston University and part of Boston’s Allston neighborhood.  Next to and integrated with I-90 is and will be the state owned railroad system.  For our purposes, commuter rail is very important.

[Second copy of the still.]

The massive triangle will include more civilized off and on ramps than is currently the case, PLUS HARVARD UNIVERSITY’S I-90 ALLSTON CAMPUS.

The first new resident has long looked like the Harvard Medical School.  That is located currently in Boston’s Back Bay the Red Sox’s Fenway Park and Kenmore Square.  It is part of Massachusetts biggest cash cow, the Longwood Medical Center.  The hospitals are expanding rapidly and using up what available space they had.  So things which can be moved appear to be moving.  Particularly the Harvard Medical School to the I-90 rebuild.

The dirty tricks going on in Cambridge’s Harvard Square give the impression that the Cambridge City Council is paying Harvard to move part of Harvard’s Harvard Square campus here.  By moving part of the Harvard campus, they are destroying much of the reason for being of Harvard Square which is one of the big tourist attractions.  As usual, everything is being done with maximum secrecy, so the best I can do is provide an educated guess.  Previous reports have gone into the ENCOURAGED destruction.

A major reason for my interest apart from the I-90 rebuild, is the fact that they are playing zoning games WITH ZONING THAT I WAS PIVOTAL IN CREATING.

To the far right on the Boston side is a hotel complex and the next Charles River bridge (after the goose centric BU Bridge), the River Street Bridge.

4. Charles River from the BU Bridge east.

Time 10:54.

This comes close to being the opposing view to the one before.

The enormity of Boston University can be understood from a realization that this photo shows much less than half of BU’s campus.  Boston University IS THE BOSTON SHORE OF THE CHARLES RIVER from the BU Bridge (crossing at the bottom right) to the outgrowth of green directly below the tall building in the upper middle.  The tall building middistance as the photo goes from the BU Bridge to that outgrowth is the Boston University School of Law.

Running under the BU Bridge is the Grand Junction railroad bridge.  It connects to the right to the triangle which is being converted into Harvard’s Medical School, dorms moved from Harvard Square and who knows what else.

At the bottom middle is a skillfully designed sewerage treatment plant.  Out of view below it is the Magazine Beach playing fields.

The area on the Cambridge Side just above  the BU Bridge is the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White geese.  The thick woods beyond it are planned for total destruction, a plan which the Cambridge City Council has skillfully managed to praise.

To the left is a large building which was a Ford Plant, then a Polaroid Plant, then a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Building, now a Harvard University building.

Directly above the building is the pyramid shaped Hyatt Regency Hotel.

From then on as far as you can see near the Charles River is, for the most part, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

[Second copy of the still.]

On the river, running from the BU Bridge, you have the Destroyed Nesting Area followed by the doomed Wild Area.  The Destroyed Nesting Area is the area which shows wide.  Following it is thick vegetation which is the doomed Wild Area.  A structure can be see barely after the doomed Wild Area.  That is BU’s Cambridge Boathouse.

After the boathouse AS FAR AS YOU CAN SEE ON THE CHARLES RIVER, is the area destroyed by the MDC and Cambridge in January 2016.

My analysis of the destruction is posted at  The plans called for destruction of the now doomed Wild Area and destruction in the Destroyed Nesting Area of the Charles River White Geese.  That destruction has been deferred apparently until after the destruction of 60+ mostly excellent trees at the Magazine Beach playing fields.

The January 2016 outrage exceeded 150 excellent trees.  There are more than 100 trees in the doomed Wild Area, and 60+ mostly excellent trees in the Magazine Beach Playing fields.

The destruction in January 2016 blocked off even more of the food of the Charles River White Geese by destroying their access to food on the river bank across from the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The video reports on the hundreds of trees destroyed in January 2016, and the plans for the doomed Wild Area, the Destroyed Nesting Area and Magazine Beach.

5. Conclusion.

I have spent so much time on these two pictures that I have to defer the rest of Phil’s report.

Save the Charles.  Save Harvard Square.  From really destructive state and city governments.

Sunday, March 01, 2020

Fraud and the Harvard Square Upzoning

Fraud and the Harvard Square Upzoning.

The following, hopefully, will be the last on this subject.  There is a very common thread between destruction on the Charles River and other destruction associated with controlled activists: FRAUD.

The Cambridge, MA, USA, City Council is considering an upzoning for Harvard Square which would allow massive destruction of historical buildings and of the most loved newish building in Harvard Square.  It develops that the purpose of this upzoning, after destruction, is to create a very densely developed THEME PARK based on the very valuable portions of Harvard Square the petitioners want to allow to be destroyed.

Here is the current zoning map of Harvard Square.

Key in the arguments for this outrage is fraud.  There is nothing complicated about the understood definition of fraud.

One common method of fraud in Cambridge is to use the English language with a secret, UNDISCLOSED, meaning, knowing that the person you are talking to will understand it in the normal meaning, and will grant you a benefit as a result of the conversation.  THAT IS FRAUD.

There are examples of fraud which can put people in jail.  I can make no claim that what is going on with regard to the Harvard Square upzoning is criminally punishable.  I do not fully understand that part of the criminal law.  With no direct financial benefit, criminal fraud would appear unlikely.

But what is going on is most definitely fraud.

We are hearing that the proponents are not destroying anything.  They use the word “preservation.”

Here is an example of the secret meanings being used for “destruction” and “preservation.”

The grey building was NEWLY BUILT, maybe ten years ago, as the result of a fraudulent change in the zoning ordinance which claimed to be creating some sort of conservation district.  This TOTALLY NEW BUILDING is at the corner of Remington (to the right) and Massachusetts Avenue at perhaps the eastern end of Harvard Square.

The grey building is similar to a building formerly on this location.  The prior building was DESTROYED.  Nothing was left of it, NOT EVEN THE FACADE.  A hole was built where the HISTORICAL BUILDING previously stood.  A parking garage was built in that hole  The new building is similar to its predecessor, but taller and larger, one added floor, and a much larger connected building to the right.

This was not renovation.  This was new construction.


IN ENGLISH, this is not preservation this is building a replacement building which is similar and larger.  The upzoning will create a LOT OF SIMILAR AND PROBABLY MUCH LARGER buildings.

To claim that this is not destruction is so nonsensical as to reasonably be called FRAUD.

A lot of excellent buildings are being destroyed.  One, formerly called the Inn at Harvard, could simply be so severely renovated that it is not reasonable to say it will not be destroyed.  Reality is that it is unlikely to be a renovation.  Retail is being added exempt from Floor Area limits on the first floor, encouraged to destroy everything on the lot, plus combine the construction above, and it will likely greatly exceed the building size currently allowed on the property.

Here are some more relevant photos.  Many more may be seen in the links at the end of this post.  What is being destroyed is the historic eastern end of Harvard Square and areas near it plus the Harvard Dining Houses on the south side of Mt. Auburn Street behind Harvard’s Smith / Holyoke Center.  Destruction through merger of lots to include side streets with a “front door” on one of the magic streets could include one or more Harvard Dorms which, correspondingly be moved to Harvard’s new campus in Allston on land formerly occupied by exists from I-90 (Mass. Pike).

My detailed photos do not include the encouraged destruction on JFK Street, in Harvard Square proper, in Brattle and Eliot Squares and in the historical block between Story and Hilliard Streets insofar as that block can be merged into a lot or lots which include the block of Mt. Auburn Street between Story and Hilliard so that the front door of the created shopping mall(s) is on Mt. Auburn Street.  Side streets east of JFK Street will see similar destruction as at Hilliard - Story.

One of the things the proponents are allowing to be destroyed and denying same are the plazas on the Mass. Ave. (Harvard Square proper) and Mt. Auburn side of Harvard’s Clark / Holyoke Center.  These plaza are obviously part of the massive variances given Harvard in its first creation of this monstrous building.  These plazas are clearly protected as part of the latest, enlarging variance.

But the upzoning wipes out the variance as far as the plazas are concerned.  There is nothing to protect.  They are preexisting.  There would be no Floor Area Limit.  They are legal, subject to the new language which allows construction of buildings to 80 feet (8 residential stories).  Building buildings is quite simply allowed.  There are the usual silly “Special Permit” requirements, but Special Permits by law are ALLOWED UNLESS PROVEN OTHERWISE.

It is silly to think that recreating the plazas ON TOP OF THE 8 STORY BUILDINGS will be prohibited.  That is not particularly different from the Remington / Mass. Ave. building.  You have a plaza.  It is 8 stories up.  There is no prohibition against having plazas eight stories up.  “We did the best we could.”

My prior communications to the City Council  have gone into great detail as to the destruction allowed by this outrage.  The primary difference is that I FINALLY UNDERSTAND THE FRAUD.  It was so communicated to me  in a very telling exchange on my facebook page with the woman who is leading the fight.

She made very clear comments communicating her destructive goal.  She was “shocked” to hear me communicate the shocking nature of them.

Her goal is to turn Harvard Square into a theme park of Harvard Square.

She is not “destroying” historical buildings.  She is “improving” them.  And in the next step, she depreciates what she is destroying because it is not praised by organizations related to Harvard grads.  If Harvard grads do not praise specific parts of her planned massive destruction, from her pitch, it cannot be worth much.

Destruction would be very heavy in the area nearest the doomed former Inn at Harvard.

Here are a couple of the communications to the Cambridge City Council.  My first one went into great detail as to the area being destroyed east of JFK street.  It is posted in City Records at, November 16, 2019, Communication 1, pages 298 to 323.

I have submitted a communication which is being received by the Cambridge City Council on March 2 concerning changes made in the February24 meeting and the nonsensical outrage at Putnam Square. .

The last extended letter prior to that  responded to the actions by the Cambridge City Council at its Special Meeting on this matter.  That letter goes into the entire package, with maps.  The blog posting of February 10, 2020 is simpler to access, It is at;postID=6361020298260485967.

The Cambridge City Council will vote Monday on the upzoning working for destruction in Harvard Square.

Instead of “That was the best we could get,” the best the Cambridge City Council can get is to trash this irresponsible upzoning, and separately remove the Putnam Square Business B and all the residential and office zones from the Harvard Square Overlay District.