Summer 1999

Summer 1999

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.(...)

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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(...)

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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(...)

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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(...)

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Seeing the Forests and the Trees

Reading the Forested Landscape: A Natural History of New EnglandBy Tom Wessels The Countryman Press, Woodstock, Vermont, 1999 (paperback), 199 pages. Stepping Back to Look Forward: A History of the Massachusetts ForestEdited By Charles H.W. FosterHarvard University, Cambridge, 1998, 339 pages. When I was a kid, out in the patchy, suburb-fringed but, to me, luminously(...)

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Holding Land in Common

Trespassing: An Inquiry into the Private Ownership of LandBy John Hanson Mitchell A Merloyd Lawrence Book, Addison-Wesley, Reading, Massachusetts, 1998, 295 pages. In the 19th century to be called a “curious man” was a compliment; it denoted that category of citizen who was accomplished in most of the natural science of the era. John Hanson(...)

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Buying Land in Provincetown

Provincetown – “I guarantee you that we will be out of this marathon tonight,” says Roslyn Garfield dryly. Clad in blazer and slacks, Garfield is the no-nonsense moderator of town meeting in Provincetown, and her words come in the opening minutes of Night Six, on Tuesday, April 13. In this isolated community of 4,000 residents(...)

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Fouling The Waters

Fouling The Waters

By Massachusetts law, Spy Pond is defined as a “Great Pond.” But to those who are well acquainted with the pond, it’s not as great as it used to be. I became a Spy Pond watcher five years ago, when I moved to a house in Arlington that has a view of the pond —(...)

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Buying Land in Harwich

Harwich -Under a lowering sky, voters make their way toward the gym at sprawling Harwich High School for the second (and final) evening of town meeting, on Tuesday, May 4. The night before, they had put 52 articles to bed and still gotten home in time to catch the 11 o’clock news. They had approved(...)

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An environmentalist in the city

An environmentalist in the city Not so many years ago, Gregory Watson learned more than he ever thought he’d need to know about dairy farming. As commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Food and Agriculture, he traveled the state meeting with food producers, including an active group of dairy farmers who were pressing for milk(...)

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