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The text below was received in a September 13, 2001 e-mail from the moderator.
Cambridge Center for Adult Education (CCAE) Forum
The Legacy and Future of Alewife: Recreating Community
October 10th, 8 p.m.
58 Brattle Street, $5, call 617-547-6789 for tickets
The Alewife area is facing a future that could make or break it. The Alewife Reservation is the last remaining natural area in Cambridge, and abuts Belmont and Arlington. It is a sensitive wetland wildlife habitat and watershed showing signs of stress from urban impacts. Change is inevitable as the Reservation is located in the midst of a range of large-scale development proposals and slated for a series of infrastructure and sewer improvements.
Other conditions must influence the direction of it future. The existing Alewife neighborhoods are characterized by the barriers which divide them: elevated Fresh Pond Parkway, railroads, poor pedestrian and bicycle connections, and large expanses of asphalt. One site proposed for extensive development is contaminated with asbestos, which could be released into the air with any excavation, and volatile hydrocarbons, which threaten the groundwater. Rounding out this complicated development picture are additional factors: frequent flooding, gridlock traffic, and a critical need in Cambridge and across the region for affordable housing. This panel of experts will explore opportunities for progress and balance, for preserving the treasures of Alewife while healing its scars, from a variety of perspectives.
Charles Euchner, Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Ken Kruckemeyer AIA ASCE, Center for Transportation Studies, Harvard University
Katherine Triantafillou, Attorney, former two-time Cambridge City Councilor and North Cambridge resident
Jon Witten, Principal of Horsley and Witten, Inc., an interdisciplinary environmental services firm.
Gretchen Von Grossmann, Board of Directors, Alewife Neighbors Inc. and a local architect and urban designer.
(Event sponsored by Cambridge Center for Adult Education,
which is not affiliated with the Alewife Study Group)