Summer 1999

Summer 1999

Argument

As a native of the Midwest, I am often struck by the close, dense urban lifestyle of the Boston area. But density is only part of the New England landscape. Having spent several years in New England (I attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine), I am also acutely aware of the vast amounts of open(...)

Read More »

Recycling Economics

When it comes to recycling, it sure seems easy to be green these days: After all, everyone knows that the more a community recycles, the more it saves on trash disposal costs, right? So why are the state’s biggest cities lagging behind? Boston recycles only 10 percent of its residential garbage, according to the most(...)

Read More »

Land Use

Sprawl. The subject is coming up everywhere from Al Gore’s presidential campaign to back yard barbecues in the state’s booming ‘burbs. Old-timers in just about any community in Massachusetts can probably point to a subdivision or a strip mall and remember when it used to be a farm, or a forest, or an open field.(...)

Read More »

Greenways

Jennifer Howard has long loved to hike along the Taconic Trail in the Berkshires, from the hollows to the lowlands to the ridge. The birds, the wildflowers, the views – they always remind her how lucky she is to have access to some of the state’s most beautiful natural resources. Now Howard is doing her(...)

Read More »

Farms

Even the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture admits that few residents realize there are 6,200 farms in Massachusetts. This spring, the agency launched a year-long advertising campaign to help spread the word. The planned series of four radio ads – one per season – is aimed at reminding the public about the range of(...)

Read More »

Boston Harbor Islands

The Boston Harbor Islands have been used for everything from summer resorts to shipping ports to Civil War forts in their 16,000-year history. And the eclectic mix continues even now that the islands have become part of the National Park Service. Sure, the islands have their share of hiking trails and campsites. But what other(...)

Read More »

Saving Cape Cod

For years Betsy Warren has made it her business to know about every new home popping up in the town of Sandwich on the north shore of Cape Cod. That’s how the veteran real estate broker has made a living since the 1970s — helping to sell off little pieces of the curving Cape peninsula.(...)

Read More »

Bob Durands Big Leap

Bob Durand saw the leap coming. There he was, on the banks of the Charles River in August 1996, celebrating one of the sweetest moments of his life as a Democratic state legislator and ardent environmentalist: the signing into law of the Rivers Protection Act, a tough environmental bill that restricts development along the banks(...)

Read More »

A Visit with Armando Carbonell

Few people know the practical, ground-level challenges of land-use planning–especially in a place like Cape Cod–as well as Armando Carbonell. A resident of Barnstable, Carbonell was the executive director of the Cape Cod Commission from its creation in 1990 until this spring, when he stepped down to take a position at the Massachusetts-based Lincoln Institute(...)

Read More »

Green Developments

One of the most popular political ideas going around these days is that we can boom and bloom at the same time. We can have economic growth and development without damaging the environment if only we are smart enough, or if we care enough about jobs and trees. Thrown out with the wastewater is the(...)

Read More »