The Destruction of Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA, USA, January - February 2016, Final Cut
UPDATE: The Cambridge City Manager who is one of the targets of this video is no longer serving as City Manager.
Almost all of this destruction occurred during January 2016. Destruction in the area immediately east of the BU Boathouse occurred in February 2016. It has been blatant Make Work for Contractors.
More destruction planned.
Accomplished years after approvals expired.
The plans are not as responsible as stated, due to lack of room in the video.
Destruction at Magazine Beach is planned to include further destruction of the playing fields with replacement of the poison drinking grass with poison drinking grass. It was a failure so they are digging it up and INTRODUCING more invasive grass there, plus expanding the invasives to replace the responsible grass at the top of the hill to the west of the playing fields and behind the swimming pool west of that.
The little guy’s parking lot at the top of the hill is slated to be destroyed. 4 nominal spaces are intended to be provided, with NO PARKING signs. Not even an attempt at a fake reason has been given for this destruction. They clearly admit it is just make work for contractors, and, of course, not negotiable.
More tree destruction is planned on the hill and next to Memorial Drive. Not negotiable.
The DCR’s love of poisons has extended to an annual infestation of the Charles River which dates back to an event at Ebersol Field near the Massachusetts General Hospital. The DCR’s beloved poisons were not working. So they dumped poisons marked “Do not use near water.” The next day, the Charles River was dead from Boston Harbor to the Mass. Ave. Bridge. It returns annually.
Further destruction being considered by the Cambridge City Council in the Destroyed Nesting Area and on the adjacent railroad includes highway construction in the Destroyed Nesting Area and a fence at the railroad preventing access between the Destroyed Nesting Area and the Wild Area. The pitch for the destruction is a “beautiful” Grand Junction Highway whose sales pitches NEVER mention the destruction at the Charles River.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is suggested as a replacement for the DCR based on the history of the area. The legislature tried to protect the Charles River from the destructiveness of the Metropolitan District Commission. The legislature destroyed the MDC, splitting responsibilities so that bridges went to MassDOT and the shore went to DCR.
MDC planners went to DCR with the plans for the destruction reported.
MassDOT has frequently stood up to Cambridge and the DCR in this area. They are the adult in the room.
The video is an expansion and reorganization of "The Cambridge Environment" show, Feb. 7, 2016, on Cambridge Community Television, Cambridge, MA, Cable Channel 9, 6:30 pm. A shorter version has appeared on CCTV channels.
Maps are public realm documents created by the destructive government agency involved, Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Call for firing the Cambridge City Manager whose people fought for this and related outrages should accurately be expanded. Cambridge has had a regency of 3 City Managers since 1974, without improvement in the situation. Each City Manager is replaced by the assistant without any letup of the outrages. The current City Manager, Rossi, is retiring and offering his assistant as his "temporary" successor. Fire the City Manager includes not replacing him with his assistant.
The DCR, Cambridge and friends provide “explanations” for this outrage in large and varying scale. The “explanation” rather clearly varies with what the recipient will swallow. We have provided detailed responses to all nonsense we are aware of.
One rather blatant lie is responded to in the video going over the destruction east of the Mass. Ave. Bridge.
Please see http://charlesriverwhitegeeseblog.blo..., section 1.c for our latest response to these varying pieces of nonsense.
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