Uncivil Tannenbaum Posts

Tannenbaum sadly still tries to tar Cambridge Residents Alliance.

      One of the unresolved issues associated with the up-zoning in Kendall Square, Central Square, Fresh Pond and Alewife Brook has been the increased traffic burden associated with many thousands of new employees and residents.  Cambridge Residents Alliance, representing hundreds of Cambridge households, performed a valuable service to the community in organizing a forum on traffic and transit issues in late 2012.  Of particular value was an analysis of key intersections by independent traffic engineer Steve Kaiser. Other informative presentations were prepared by Jonathan King on Red Line capacity, Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom on parking issues, and Richard Krushnic on large-scale real estate development. Discussion of these traffic and development issues continued through e-mail exchanges and posts on this website.

       These analyses made clear the danger to Cambridge of proceeding with up-zoning without addressing the threat of overburdening already congested key intersection, and overburdening the Red Line and #1 bus route.

       Though debates over development can be intense, it is disturbing and disappointing when a Cambridge resident attempts to defame and discredit a neighborhood organization representing many hundreds of concerned residents and households. Mr. Saul Tannebaum’s CCTV blogs represent such an effort.

       Mr. Tannenbaum, who was a member of the Central Square Advisory Committee, responded particularly aggressively to these analyses, both in person, on local listservs, and most notably on his blog on the CCTV website. There he identifies himself as a member of “A Better Cambridge”. Thugh we disagree with his multiple misrepresentations, he is of course entitled to his detailed critique of the Kaiser, King and Krushnic individual presentations. However Mr. Tannenbaum has titled his posts “ The Continued Deceptions of the Cambridge Residents Alliance” and “The Misinformation Campaigns of the Cambridge Residents Alliance”. This attributes conscious negative intention to a resident's organization and its leadership of dozens of community members.

       This smearing of an entire neighborhood organization on the basis of disagreements with analyses presented by individuals at a public forum represents an unprincipled effort to discredit a valuable community resource. For a more accurate view of the organization's contribution to Cambridge, please visit the posts from Paul Steven Stone. Mr. Stone has described in detail the many valuable contributions of the Cambridge Residents Alliance. Please read his description of our efforts to analyze traffic.

       We actively support principles of free speech and we believe the content of the critiques are acceptable public speech.  However, the titles of the blogposts represent an effort to defame and discredit an entire organization, and discourage other Cambridge residents from joining. The blogs could easily be entitled “ A Critique of the Analyses presented at the CResA Forum” “Rejecting the Critiques of Over-development" or similar. Mr. Tannenbaum has not responded to requests to edit his blog post titles.

Jonathan King


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