The Foundry -- episode 1 -- A building, A city

The Foundry -- episode 1 -- A building, A city

The Foundry a building, do you know it, have you heard? Parents, students, residents, businesses, you might wanna pay attention...

Last night I did my first 'BeLive' show: 'The Foundry'... from now on it will be airing every Tuesday at 7pm on Channel 9.
The schedule as of now:

Tuesday May 21st:
Guest: Mark Jacquith, chairman of The Foundry neighborhood committee
I'll discuss with Mark, the current status of negotiation inside the committee

Tuesday May 28th:
Guest: Craig Kelly, city councilor.
I'll discuss with Craig, the current status of The Foundry within the city council

Back to basics:
DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE FOUNDRY BUILDING? IF NOT, PLEASE CHECK OUT:
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/159334

A CALL TO ACTION --- ALL CANTABRIDGIANS SHOULD KNOW, BE INVOLVE, PARTICIPATE, THE FOUNDRY IS FOR US, OUR KIDS, OUR ELDERS.

To the issues... A few questions which really bother me, and no one seems to be able to answer.
How is it that an idea, which has the approval of a vast majority, a Community/Art center for the Foundry, which is a win-win-win for businesses-residents-the city at large, is being seen as so dangerous or impossible or loony...?
Why is the idea of the city managing the building so 'not feasable'? Since when is the city manager, considered by many as exceptional, so afraid of having the city manage a building?
Since when is the imagination, innovation and genius of the 1 mile radius around Kendall square, so good at taking care of the world but so dismissive of its 'own' resident/neighbors?
Why are the top people managing the city of Cambridge so outrageously well paid? Combine together the city manager, deputy city manager, school superintendent and police commissioner salary amount to almost $1,000,000/year. Why is the combine retirement plans of the city manager and deputy city manager almost $10,000,000.00, and maybe more over their lifetime. With these types of salaries, you would hope our city would have the resources ($250,000-$300,000/year) to manage a 50,000 sqft building housing Cambridge non-profit organizations serving kids, a senior center, and space for the arts.
Why would business ‘savy’ individuals like these sell a building like the Foundry when the real estate market is just picking up? Is it really wise or 'savy'.... A building is an asset, an asset which won't loose value, an asset you can leverage. Why should it be sold? No reasonable argument has been made to support such a move. But it seems inevitable. Why?

The foundry building was gifted to city because of a tremendous effort by the East Cambridge community, led by ECPT, with no help from the city, quite the contrary. Non profit organizations in the city are being squeezed out of their spaces by ‘economic innovation’, to the dismay of parents, organizers and Cantabridgians in general. A beautiful building adjacent to a beautiful park (to be, if the city ever decides to move) is at our disposal, but for some reason it is too complex to manage, at least by the city, so we should sell to someone with the know how. How damn f... absurd is it? Feels like a Monty Python flying circus, except it's not funny, not funny at all.

The city council is completely inept, it doesn’t know how to get things done, or does it...

A committee for this, A committee for that...
To help councilors who don’t have any ideas...
A committee for this, A committee for that...
To decide if good is good and bad is bad...
A committee for this, A committee for that...

Just have this image in my head of the city councilors in a car, like the mice in the car advertisement, being cool ... A committee for this, a committee for that...

It’s an election year, non profit serving the kids of our city are not doing well, many of you know this better than I do, a 50,000 sqft building, a park, a win-win-win situation, no looser! And still impossible to help those who would benefit the most, our kids, the elderly... The arts...

One last thing for today, before I go back to work... Last year, during the electoral campaign 2 clear choices were put in front of voters:

1. Government can help, does help, should help. Properly manage it will do it effectively and benefit everyone.
2. Business is better than government, therefore we should let business take care of everything. Divest from government and give to the private sector, they’ll do a better job.

I thought the 1st option was what people of Cambridge overwhelmingly voted for. Why is this different at the city level? Is our city government incapable of delivering? Our businesses in Cambridge that much better than everywhere else? I should be asking Senator Warren what it is... She might be able to tell me why.... Why is garbage collection under the city management then, shouldn’t we subcontract it, to Waste Management, they would do a much better job?

A CALL TO ACTION --- ALL CANTABRIDGIANS SHOULD KNOW, BE INVOLVE, PARTICIPATE, THE FOUNDRY IS FOR US, OUR KIDS, OUR ELDERS.

I like to believe, but I like thinking better, it makes me who I am.