Joan Squeri

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Commented on Linwood Court New Construction 2 years, 4 months ago
The top two examples are (in my humble opinion), the most interesting facades . They have different set backs ( not all the same 'line' on the side walk ) and thus are less 'boxy' in their appearance. The ground floor retail and varied set backs with lighting makes for a more interesting interaction ( ie. 'nooks and crannies') with / for pedestrians and neighborhood residents.
Supported a comment by April Barker on Linwood Court New Construction 2 years, 4 months ago
April Barker
The design is unique and not too trendy. It's not exactly like all the cookie cutter high rises going up. Also, the windows are large and seem to let in a lot of natural light.
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Commented on The Foundry 2 years, 7 months ago
Certainly it will make sense to have a healthy food venue of some kind on the premises. As to whether a provisions/ produce market would thrive there, or, a cafe--or, whether o 1- or 2 food trucks would have enough steady business to make economic sense of maintaining regular hours at the Foundry, depends on 2 things: the programming of the building, and what other ready to eat food / provisions shopping options exist nearby.
Supported a comment by Marie Elena Saccoccio on The Foundry 2 years, 7 months ago
Marie Elena Saccoccio
Since I was lead petitioner for landmarking of this building, I would love its history to be integrated into the use to permanently honor the women who toiled here and paved the way for women workers in industry today. East Cambridge was surely the center of industry during the turn of the century but lost in the accounts is the historic and substantial role of the neighborhood women (notably Polish) who worked in its Foundry. The evidence of their contribution was memorialized by the New York Times in three articles appearing in September, 1911, and covered in the press as far away as San Francisco. Controversy concerned women in the workplace, being paid half the man’s hourly wage; lifting as much as 150 lbs. on the job; stripping from waist up because of the heat of the foundry; working far more hours than allowed by law. The public debate at the time was so notorious that Governor Eugene Foss authorized a raid on the premises by the State Police. Lieutenant Governor supported such action, as did Mayor Barry of Cambridge and various Congregational ministers. The debate extended to a formal meeting at Faneuil Hall. Within a year, despite the investigation that found no violation of then existing law, Massachusetts passed the Employment of Women in the Core Rooms, Acts of 1912, Chapter 653, and the first Minimum Wage Act for Women in the Country, Chapter 706, Acts of 1912.