The Foundry -- Turkish Protest...

The Foundry -- Turkish Protest...

An article I read yesterday hit close to home...

Yesterday I was reading a recap of the protests in Turkey. One article really hit home,

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/01/erdogan-grip-turkey-istanbul...

Let me quote just a couple of paragraphs:

“The perception in Turkey that barely regulated development is being driven for the economic benefit of entrenched interests with links to party politics, rather than in the public interest, has been fuelled by the hard data about some of the most controversial developments, including Gezi Park.”

Simply replacing Turkey with Cambridge, and Gezi Park with East Cambridge and I was... This is how I feel, and I know I’m not the only one...
Now you might say I’m crazy but last week I met lots of people regarding the Foundry. And what might be done with it... On that note let me thank Councilor Toomey for putting forward the Resolution to make the Foundry available on the 22nd of June for a gathering... This is really exciting please read my other blog...

During a few of the meetings certain things were said that surprised me and seem to confirm certain of my fears, I would refer you to the blogs I wrote 4 years ago, while Alexandria Real Estate was requesting up zoning resulting in the Foundry and Park becoming property of the City.

http://www.cctvcambridge.org/cambridgexposed-uncitycouncil-2
http://www.cctvcambridge.org/node/34636

And there is much more... I just don’t have the time to do more research and really dig... Let me quote another paragraph of the same article about the ongoing Turkish protest

“Indeed those who have benefited from recent large projects have allegedly included key players in Turkish society, including members of Erdogan's own party, a company run by Erdogan's son-in-law and the Turkish armed forces....
If there is one thing that links all the themes of Taksim Square together, it is the question of accountability. Or rather the lack of it.”

What I wonder is how we can claim to be democracy when power is held for so long by so very few people.

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.” Lord Acton, 1887
“Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it” William Pitt the Elder, 1770
“It is not only the slave or serf who is ameliorated in becoming free... the master himself did not gain less in every point of view,... for absolute power corrupts the best natures.” Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, 1848
Welcome to Cambridge...
PS: I remain an optimist and am sure the Foundry will turn into the special place it’s suppose to be. I’m fighting to make sure Cambridge politics don’t come in the way...
PS1: In one discussion I had, I raised the idea of term limits for City Council and City Manager... But it is an idea even more offending than that of limiting money in politics...