Archive for ‘Charles River’

February 28, 2013

Daly Field dreams

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The Friends of Daly Field are having a meeting to present their plan to transform the property into a multi-use sports site. It would be paid for by Simmons College, and in return the school would gain exclusive use of the property during certain times, as would Brighton High School and the Allston-Brighton Little League. While it is not a done deal, it seems likely that the Department of Conservation & Recreation will approve it. The Friends would hold the lease, subject to the terms of legislation that was passed in August. The Friends website does not list its board members.

CORRECTION: The board of directors is listed here.

The meeting is Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm at Brighton High School, 25 Warren Street, Brighton.

It is crucial that there is strong oversight by the state. Once private entities get control of property, it is hard ensure that they allow public access and keep all their commitments. Harvard and the YMCA have long-term leases on their local properties (500 and 99 years, respectively). Harvard’s Allston gates are closed to the community and the Y reserves its health club to paying members and bailed on many promises.

February 3, 2013

The Charles River, day by day

Charles River Chris Devers

Chris Devers, a Somerville-based photographer, is taking photos of the same spot along the Charles River several times a week. The vantage point is from the Watertown side near Greenough Boulevard and North Beacon Street. This bend of the Charles River is one of the prettiest views in the neighborhood.
Photo used under this Creative Commons license.

May 22, 2012

Shrinking bridge

Your options for driving to Cambridge are narrowing. Starting Tuesday morning, May 29 traffic on the Larz Anderson Bridge will be limited to one lane in each direction. It is going to be a tight squeeze. Cars, bikes and trucks will share the same travel lanes. More information on this project is here.

May 10, 2012

Love that dirty water

Photo via Boston Public Library

Actually, it ain’t that dirty anymore. The EPA has given the Charles River a “B” rating for cleanliness. Still not going for a swim.


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