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Stories by Mark Jaquith

Photo by Mark Jaquith

I know, this isn't in Cambridge. Our stories are supposed to have a Cambridge connection. So why am I writing about a sculpture in Boston by an artist from Brookline that was made in Seattle? Well, I'm in Cambridge and this thing connected with me. I think it's one of the best things to happen in the area this year. It is my latest photographic obsession and I went to the dedication ceremony on Monday May 12, 2015. Mayor Walsh was there and said all the usual Mayoral things, The head of the Greenway Conservancy was there and thanked everyone he had ever met or heard of.

On Monday May fourth, the Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebration Committee (Mazen, Chair) and the Economic Development and University Relations Committees (Benzan and Simmons, Co-Chairs) of the City Council held a joint hearing to discuss the progerss of the initiative begun by them last year to develop a comprehensive approach to promoting and coordinating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, ARTS, and Mathematics) education opportunities both in and out of our Public Schools.

I recently attended a hearing held by the City Council's Transportation and Public Utilities Committee on the future of the Grand Junction rail right of way through Cambridge. The theme was to further explore the idea of creating a bicycle and pedestrian path through eastern Cambridge. The tracks run from behind the Twin Cities shopping center in East Cambridge, through Kendall Square, MIT, and Cambridgeport to the Cottage Farm (B.U.) bridge over the Charles River. This idea has been around since before 2006 when the city published its first feasibility study on the subject.

I had the good fortune to be able to attend the talk given by Jay Blitzman on Tuesday March 23, 2015 at the Main Library in Cambridge. Unfortunately, a previous commitment prevented me from seeing the entire program. Mr. Blitzman, the First Justice of the Middlesex County, MA Juvenile Court, spoke on the problem nationwide. He made the point that some very anti-intuitive things are going on in our country. Sixty years after Brown vs.