Summer of Hell


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Kristina Kehrer's picture

The Rebuilding of Wellington-Harrington

I made the mistake of googling my opening line “everything happens at once,” and became completely distracted with the physicists' theory that “The concept of time is simply an illusion made up of human memories, everything that has ever been and ever will be is happening RIGHT NOW."

Well that is really a lot to contemplate and my life might be a bit simpler and more peaceful if that was the focus of my story, and not what it is, which is the complete aggravation and stress I feel living on Windsor Street this summer.

“Everything happens at once” in the most mundane sense, is that every construction type project known to man is shaking, banging, cluttering, and dirtying my fragile sense of calm from every direction - literally 360 degrees of rebuilding, redoing, and renovating. The soundscape in the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood is, as you will hear in the video, cacophonous and unyielding.

And most astounding of all is the amount of dumpsters located in a very small radius. This is a neighborhood that is bearing the brunt of the King Open School Complex project, which has ejected many parking spots from existence. I have yet to be at one neighborhood meeting where parking wasn’t a top tier issue and complaint. Any yet, the city is doling out Dumpsters like insults at a Trump rally.

Which brings me to my point; it is hard enough trying to navigate this new Cambridge, new America, and the Trump administration, while maintaining some semblance of sanity. When you come home and can’t park or can’t hear your own thoughts because of progress, progress, progress, well, you either go nuts or make videos like this one…