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
June 26, 2008 - 4:30pm WHO IS ZUNEING WHO? I updated my Zune card with an image of 1369 Coffee House. If you want to hear samples of what I am listening to, just scroll through the cd titles, choose an album, and start playing songs. If you want to return to the main screen, choose the brown home tab in the upper right corner. read more
June 26, 2008 - 4:23pm As people celebrate the 4th on the Charles, they may be happy to find trash receptacles to help them depart with their waste. But if you are a resident in 02141, you know that these receptacles are only temporary. What you see for the rest of the year will shock you. There are only three receptacles between the Museum of Science and the Mass Ave bridge. If you call the DCR and ask why, they will tell you they will look into it. They have been telling us this for the past three years. People often put the trash where the barrels should be. Does anyone have any ideas for a solution? read more
April 29, 2008 - 3:58pm Cambridge is full of change. Some of the biggest changes have come from management firms that are buying and redeveloping whole sections of our neighborhoods. Some of these changes have been positive and some negative. It is important that change comes to us in an open, honest, and respectable manner. It is the city who is in charge of overseeing that process. It is the residents who must oversee our city officials. Does anyone want to share a story of the change process? Were you aware it was coming? Did you take part in the process? What was the result? I for one am happy to see some of the gorgeous buildings dotting the landscape of Kendall Square. One of the downsides has been a serious increase in noise, traffic, and pollution. What can the city do to make the process more transparent? How about larger, more descriptive signs that tip us off for zoning/variance hearings? What can the city do to redirect the new traffic from residential streets? What can residents do to ensure we are protected from continued overdevelopment? How can residents work more directly with management firms that respect the needs of our community? You may be surprised to find out that some of these... read more
April 15, 2008 - 1:17pm HELP! This past weekend I worked on my taxes, that IRS deadline being two days away. In the middle of my computer filing I was disturbed by a lot of horn honking and shouting. Par for the course on Gore Street, another truck violated the trucking ban. This time I watched as the truck almost downed the power and communication lines serving the general area. The big metal truck poorly photographed through my window had become caught in the overhead power lines. Trucks pull on power lines and rip down tree limbs on this street every day. The debacle which lasted approximately 15 minutes could have ended up killing the driver or foolish onlookers standing under the power lines as this truck tried to forward and reverse itself from the tangle of wires around its antennae’s and truck parts. You could see the power lines being tugged downwards approximately five feet. Tree limbs moved wildly and some branches broke loose, hitting a parked black Honda Ridgeline truck which is on the opposite side of the photo. Because these wires and branches are all interconnected, the chain reaction almost ripped lines right off of the sides of houses. I called the police to tell them we may need... read more
March 4, 2008 - 4:06am The Greenline is coming, the Greenline is coming. Meetings for anyone concerned about the future of 02141, and really the city as a whole. Check out http://www.greenlineextension.org A Walking Tour Alan Greene has done a great job in organizing a walking event. Take part in the walk to see potential T-stop locations in Union Square. I am sure this will create some lively discussion and neighborly fun. You might want to bring a camera and/or notepad for record keeping. When: Saturday, March 15th. 9:00 a.m.Where: Meet at the flagpoles in front of the Museum of Science. read more
December 30, 2007 - 12:21pm Happy New Year everybody. I have a quick reminder for overnight parking during snow emergencies. You may park your car free of charge at Galleria Mall level C and 2nd Street Municipal Garage until the morning. read more
December 9, 2007 - 11:30am A new public open space is coming to East Cambridge in 2008. In past community meetings a passive open space with plantings, tables, sitting areas, and community gardening was requested. A presentation and neighborhood feedback on the preliminary design will take place. When: On Saturday, December 15, 2007 from 10:00am - 11:30am Where: The Kennedy-Longfellow School Cafeteria. 158 Spring Street. read more
December 3, 2007 - 2:26pm On Tuesday, December 4th, the planning board will have a meeting to discuss application #231 by Bent Street Land Company, LLC. (See prior blog posts) Please send the planning board a letter with concerns such as traffic, open space, lack of setbacks, and noise. You can fax the letter to 617-349-4669. read more
November 27, 2007 - 12:09pm -Forward from Barbara Broussard and the East Cambridge Planning Team... Last minute development. Joe Tulimieri will not be coming to discuss development on the corner of Third and Binney Streets. The development has been put on hold. -This means the East Cambridge Planning Team is not having Joe on November 28th. There will still be a meeting for all East Cambridge residents to discuss plenty of other important issues! read more
November 20, 2007 - 8:17pm Boardwalk! To the surprise of some ECPT members, Mirant has once again agreed to the building of a boardwalk along the Broad Canal. Mirant is asking the community to approve a new boardwalk design. The new design is said to be similar to the original design, with some portion of the boardwalk now extending over the canal, and away from areas of security concern. This new design will need to be approved by the DCR and EPA. How this will affect the original timeline for boardwalk completion remains to be seen. I will be uploading a new blueprint as soon as I get my hands on it. P.S. Thanks to everyone who showed up at the BZA meeting! read more