The Great Wall

The Great Wall

This morning I was walking to the T station in Kendall sq, as I neared the end of the sixth street connector, or pedestrian walk as google c

Tonight 7PM, Channel 9, 'BeLive' show: 'The Foundry'... from now on it will be airing every Tuesday at 7pm on Channel 9.
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.

This morning I was walking to the T station in Kendall sq, as I neared the end of the sixth street connector, or pedestrian walk as google calls it, I once more was made aware of the great divide. On Broadway, new sidewalk construction extended the existing sidewalk making it large and comfortable for pedestrians and bikes, really nice.

It made me think once more about the ‘Great Wall’ and how Kendall Sq, the businesses, have been able to isolate themselves from the East Cambridge, the residents. On the east side of Binney, a string of huge building extending all the way from first to main street, the ‘Great Wall’. If you stand at the end of the Connector on the Biogen side, and look up down the street, it’s hard to imagine a whole residential area exist behind the ‘Great Wall’. Hard to imagine Kendall sq was actually an extension of East Cambridge, now it’s an area of it’s own, seeking as much isolation as possible from the realities of East Cambridge and Area 4.
During the up zoning discussion with Alexandria a few year back a lot of stress was put on the idea of connecting East Cambridge to Kendall sq, in realty what we see is the great divide, on one side of the ‘Great Wall’, money flows constructions are ongoing, what ever business requires the city gives, they even have an unofficial mayor... Their mayor goes to the city and tell the councilor what Kendall wants and city councilors carry its wishes ... no kidding, this is how it works... I’m just bewildered and amazed by the people’s republics, how dysfunctional and undemocratic Cambridge really is or can be. How signs of this dysfunctional process are everywhere and nothing is done... The status quo is good, money talks, people walk...
What is even more amazing is that without the community of East Cambridge, Kendall would be nowhere close to where it is now. But who really wants to talk about that... Money talks, people walk...

A few days back I was down on third street at 4:30 in the afternoon, it was clogged with traffic, see the picture for this post... And none of the new buildings are occupied yet and the court house is almost empty. Is Cambridge infrastructure really capable of supporting this mad expansion? Money talks, people walk

Yesterday, I was talking to someone about the Foundry and my vision for it, her first reaction when I told her the city wanted to sell the building was:

“It’s like putting a Christmas gift for sale on Ebay... “

Couldn’t agree more. Then again it’s only people living beyond the ‘Great Wall’, business is what matters. Money talks, people walk..

Lets try to do something about it. The Foundry should be Cantabridgian, it should be for the people of Cambridge as was intend, not for Kendall sq.... Kendall sq has received enough, time to invest in Cambridge, it’s resident, it’s people, it’s youth... Let's reverse... People talk, money walks. The Foundry and it’s adjacent park make for an amazing opportunity for the people of Cambridge. It’s high time to fight the divide and take what is ours. I really don’t think turning the Foundry in a space for the non profit serving the children of our community is a bad idea. I don’t think including the arts and promoting creativity is a bad idea, I don’t think a community space is a bad idea. As I’ve said in prior posts, it’s a win-win-win, for the city, for the businesses, most importantly for Cantabridgians. But for some reason, it is a very divisive idea, a bad idea, not amongst resident, but amongst elected and unelected officials and even some community organizers...

To me, bringing this idea to life is important, maybe even crucial, to the future of East Cambridge, Area 4 and Cambridge as a whole. So, lets get the conversation going but starting from a different premiss:

  1. We’re not selling the building
  2. The main purpose of the entire building is to serve the Cambridge community, people.
  3. Art is creativity
  4. Non-profit serving kids are essential to Cantabridgians families.
  5. Businesses are welcome into the conversation as long as they keep in mind point 1,2 and 3. No bullying allowed.
  6. Get everyone talking, not just a few... it’s a city wide issue.
  7. Let’s make magic happen...

For once let people talk and money walk... Let’s break the wall.

Tonight 7PM, Channel 9, 'BeLive' show: 'The Foundry'... from now on it will be airing every Tuesday at 7pm on Channel 9.
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.