Bjorn Poonen

Location

Cambridge, MA

Joined

November, 2013

Recent Activity

Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 7 months ago
Don't cover up the canal! A new bridge across the canal would be only for show - it would not shorten anyone's walking time by even a full minute - so it would be better not to divide the canal in two. For the same reason, initiatives that partially fill in the canal, like a floating restaurant, should be avoided. Most cities (look at Providence, for example) these days are doing the opposite, enhancing the beauty of the city by uncovering the rivers that they had once paved over.
Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 7 months ago
I live nearby
Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year ago
With every zoning amendment to add housing in Kendall Square in recent years, a much greater amount of commercial floor area has been added. The result is that many more people are going to need to commute into Kendall Square in the next few years, straining the transportation system. From this point of view, the idea to create more commercial development here and to make a payment for housing elsewhere makes no sense and is actually harmful.
Supported a comment by Suzanne Blier on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year ago
Suzanne Blier
This is way too massive. There should be space for pedestrians, runners, and bicycles along this canal area to take in the canal. Where is the engagement with the community? Where is any sense of openness? Also the ground floor facade of the building looks one massive largely opaque wall; ground floors out-facing walls on the public way should be areas with visual interest to people walking by - transparent windows for people to get a sense of the vitality of the area - and doors leading small businesses, places for coffee, music, drinks). This building looks sterile, confrontational and anti-neighborhood to an extreme.
Commented on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year ago
Never mind, I heard that there is already going to be a drugstore in one of the other developments in Kendall Square.
Supported a comment by joseph rose on Broad Canal Subdistrict Zoning & Development 1 year ago
joseph rose
Preferably large diameter trees, not just more of the tiny curbside street trees