William F.X. O'Neill

CambridgeTechs , Cambridge MA
Resident, 13 years.
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April 9, 2012 - 5:06pm I recently blogged about my concerns with the cost of cable in Cambridge and lack of the FIOS alternative from Verizon. I spoke with a Verizon representative who said Verizon would love to have FIOS in Cambridge if negotiations were agreeable. http://articles.boston.com/2012-04-10/business/31311492_1_basic-cable-ra... read more
February 14, 2012 - 9:48pm Although there was hope our city would work hard to get FIOS service through Cambridge after Verizon announced it would begin ending FIOS rollouts, Medford will be the last recipient. What an ironic and sad situation for many living in the city known for MIT, Kendall Square, and Harvard. Comcast does not have the technical capability to deliver anything close to the quality or abilities of Verizon FIOS. In the near future (if not already) our internet requirements will require more than Comcast's coax can deliver. I am already dissapointed that I can't make use of Verizon FIOS on XBOX 360, or enjoy the faster video streaming service experiences, REAL HD TELEVISION (Comcast provides a horrific compressed picture and far less than half the channels of FIOS), and other wonderful services NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH COMCAST. I wonder if those on the City Council are aware just how upsetting this is for those residents who work, take pleasure, or rely on technology. This doesn't seem very Cambridge like :( read more
February 8, 2012 - 7:56pm There is a worthy ready at http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/news/x962216939/Cambridge-still-has... Considering this is a very active city, shouldn't we always have a mayor? Does anyone else think we might need a system where the mayor is elected by the people? Wouldn't a mayor separate from the council and voted for by residents make for better accountability? read more
March 25, 2010 - 10:40pm On March 24th 2010, after ten years of expressing pedestrian safety concerns at Fifth and Gore Streets, I finally saw the possibility of change. The City of Cambridge has introduced a plan to install a raised crossing at Fifth and Gore Streets. They introduced this as part of a larger plan to address deficiencies in our urban landscape. Raised crossing are not something new. One of the first raised crossings in East Cambridge is located on Third Street. The raised crossing is at an intersection with no stop signs along the dominant travel lanes. Due to the steep grading experienced in the Third Street raised crossing design, some have asked if a crossing at Fifth and Gore would create noises experienced from speeders that bottom out their cars. Those concerns are certainly understandable, but do not apply when the appropriate guidelines for raised crossings are followed. As an abutter (one of the most directly impacted persons), I understand the tradeoffs in a raised crossing. There will always be speeders who refuse to slow down. But the problem is far more complex than speeders. Without a raised crossing, drivers are not seeing stop indicators until they are at the Fifth and... read more
November 18, 2008 - 10:45pm Finagle a Bagel recently opened near Cambridgeside Galleria / Lechmere Train Station. This is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Although I would rather something more independent, it does seem nice to have an alternative to Dunkin's (sorry, me not like). Certainly this will delight many public transporties during a freezing morning. It is located at the corner of First and Cambridge Street. You can wait to see the train arrive! read more
November 18, 2008 - 10:29pm The MBTA will take control of the Lechmere T stop move across McGrath O'Brien Highway. Because of this, the land exchange agreed upon in the special permit is no longer of value. Councilor Toomey announced he wanted to change the special permit for the Northpoint development. I have not heard anything since. I have sat at my computer and searched the news and blogs for anything new. I do see the construction continues to complete the Tango building. Does anyone have an update on this project? read more
July 25, 2008 - 3:17pm Hello again. We must work with our city officials on the traffic issues in 02141. There does seem to be a disconnect, and I think we may need new ideas to get community development and the planning team on board with our concerns. For now I have some new video footage. I should have named the following posts 20 minutes on Gore Street, because you miss the first five minutes of my being stuck behind this truck. All of this video is from twenty consecutive minutes on the afternoon of July 25th, 2008. The video footage here is typical of what happens on Gore Street. I am sorry for the often shaky video. I was returning from work and only had my cellphone. Their is also a missing audio issue. The audio was cut by bliptv (where the video files are hosted), after they convert the file to flash. Maybe I will host them on youtube in the future. read more
July 25, 2008 - 3:13pm Too bad the audio is cut out after the first 10 seconds by bliptv. You dont get to hear all the horn honking :( In this video the truck driver realizes he can't pull off a right turn, and makes a dare attempt go straight and contend with the power lines and low trees. The problem is people sometime lose their cable TV/Internet services. I am also concerned we could have an electrocution due to a downed power line. The truck clears the try after a large branch snaps back and almost hits the car behind it. The truck makes it's way to the next intersection, only to get stuck again. read more
July 25, 2008 - 3:06pm I missed the first few minutes of this truck being stuck at the next intersection (Fifth and Sciarappa). I was talking to the mailman who was telling me about his own observations at these intersections. At one point duing this video shooting, I did see a Cambridge Cop drive by on a bike. It would be nice if these truck drivers would receive a violation. I always pay my parking tickets if I violate the time restriction outside a store. It would be nice if these well paid corporations would at least get their tickets. The more serious thing to notice in this video is the car which was less than one inch from being damaged by a second truck which was driving to the recycling center in Somerville. The two trucks were rubbing against eachother as they drove by. There is no collection of recycling anywhere near my house today. I don't see why they should be cutting through a residential street which is marked no trucks. I should also mention that on Wednesday, a parked green car on Gore street was damaged by a passing truck. read more
July 25, 2008 - 2:49pm In this video I was walking back to get video of a food delivery truck I had noticed while shooting video number two. While I went to take this shot, more trucks blazed through. Please take note of the speeding flatbed truck which is driving by a public park full of children. I was too late in capturing this flatbed truck as it ignored the stop signs at the intersection of Fifth and Gore. This is no surpise as they ignore the no truck signs to begin with. So back to the food delivery truck. We only get to see the last seconds of this truck which had been idling at least ten minutes. That was how long ago I noticed it when shooting video 2. This is the typical scenario of truck drivers pulling onto residential Fifth Street (no truck signs posted), they leave their trucks running as they take care of business on Cambridge Street. They don't even bother to stay close to the curb. Maybe that's a good thing, because most of us living here are already getting sick from the fumes coming through our windows, which are just feet from these idling trucks. Bottom line is these truck drivers do not care about the posted laws or considerations. Gore and Fifth Streets need a serious... read more