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Tsunami tree massacre planned for Alewife floodplain post building permit

Westbrook Partners submitted to the state their special permit for 526 units granted by Cambridge in January.

The Company does not have its Building Permit as yet and they have not applied. This is a matter for Fresh Pond Residents Alliance and Tree groups to continue to request a re-design, so I wish.

What can we do? We're Trying to get material for an article in the papers.

These pictures show what treasures we would be losing in our city on the floodplain, if such rash and dangerous actions proceed on low lying floodprone areas of 5-8 feet above sea level. More photos to come.

Rare! rare! courtyard park with full grown trees. Some over 60 years old. Perfect beauty of a backyard for 526 units, and, with the ONE acre of parking, Company could build high and pack in the units. No reason to ruin our gorgeous and immense floodplain trees. These signficant shade trees are essential for new residents. Talking to the Company may be a first step.

Mr. ABT heads a world renowed environmental company, in behalf of good environmental practices throughout the world. He was nearly weeping when he begged the PB not to cut them. To no avail, replied the PB, said those who were there at that meeting in Spring. In other words, he was rebuffed.

I propose a vigil with different presence every week for half hour. No one would need to be present more than once a month. At least 3 at a time. Residents of the area should know the benefits of what exists in their neighborhood for the needs of cooling and presence of natural wildlife in their community.

Because they are 20% affordable is no reason to let this tsunami go forward, so I suggest to those of the Climate Safety Petition, and North Cambridge Stabilization Comm. This travesty of environmental justice should be fought tooth and nail by all. The hidden gem would not have been known unless we saw it with our own eyes.

An encouragement to speak out, especially. those who care about Alewife and Fresh Pond Reservation. These trees are partially responsible for the heavy raptor and song bird presence (with a rich rabbit population for them) as they are sequestered and well protected from cars and pavement run off.


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