Reflections on Violence

My blog usually features pictures of buses, not long rants. But I hope you’ll take some time to read this post and follow some of the links (which themselves could take hours)

MIT's Green Building with a black ribbon

MIT’s Green Building with a black ribbon

“When children are terrorists, we are all terrorists.”

These are the words of a Yemeni man from al-Majalah in the documentary Dirty Wars (trailer below).

The words struck a chord, especially given the highly publicized string of violent acts that erupted in Boston two weeks ago. For me, his statement evokes three themes:
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Boston Harbor Cruise

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Turkeys at Mt. Auburn Cemetery

This year, I waited to visit to Mount Auburn Cemetery until the fall foliage was at its brightest. As I was enjoying a morning stroll, two large birds emerged out of the leaves…

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Halloween Bike Ride

Monday night, I joined about 200 other bicyclists for a costumed Halloween bike ride through Boston. A friend and I dressed up as militant cyclists, complete with gas masks (which we tested for visibility before joining the pack of riders). We greatly enjoyed the 3 hour ride through Jamaica Plain, Longwood, Fenway, the Back Bay, the Financial District, Chinatown, Cambridge, Harvard, Brighton, and Brookline. Despite the traffic jams our group caused, drivers for the most part enjoyed the show; much of the honking seemed quite friendly and was accompanied by shouts of “Happy Halloween!”

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A video of the ride is below. I make brief appearances at 0:09 (a silhouette with a gas mask in the foreground) and 3:35 (ringing my bike bell).

Fall Break in Boston

MBTA Route 73 Bus to Mt. Auburn in the Harvard Bus Tunnel

MBTA Route 73 Bus to Mt. Auburn in the Harvard Bus Tunnel

I spent the first half of fall break in Boston.  Other than a quick overnight earlier this fall, this was my first chance to spend time there since the summer of 2008 when I worked with ACE.  Overall, despite the ten hours it took me to travel from Swarthmore to Somerville (thumbs down for Bolt Bus, thumbs up for Megabus), it was a great trip.  I got a chance to catch up with ACE and spend time with a number of friends from high school and college.  I also had some great Indian food, made it to Kimball’s, watched the undefeated Tufts water polo team play their alumni game, and rode the Silver Line to South Station on its first day of operation.  And I hopped on an Amtrak train to head back down south before the snow started.  Pictures from my trip to Boston are below:

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On the Move featured on


A website I maintain,, was featured by Bostonist today in a post about the MBTA’s debt.  I maintain this site for the Greater Boston Transportation Justice Coalition, of which ACE and TRU are members.

Governor Patrick’s Transportation Plan

The Big Dig

The Big Dig

[Another blog entry I wrote for ACE:]

Governor announces Transportation and Economic Security Plan

February 23, 2009

At a press conference on Friday, Governor Patrick announced a broad set of goals for transportation funding and reforms. Although the proposed six cents per gallon of new gas tax revenue dedicated to the MBTA may not be enough pay down the $2.7 million backlog of system maintenance and repair, the Governor’s plan is a step in the right direction.  [Read More]

Baseball Playoffs

Fenway Park on May 21st, 2008

Fenway Park on May 21st, 2008

It’s been a great baseball season.  Since May, I’ve been to Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, and Angel Stadium (the most baseball I’ve ever seen live during a summer).  The postseason will be enjoyable because I’ll be rooting hard against the Dodgers, and for the Cubs, Phillies, and Angels.  I want the Angels to take it all, and they have a good shot at doing so.  They have the best record in the MLB, and K-Rod has been racking up the saves. Even though the Angels haven’t won a playoff game against the Red Sox since two years before I was born, I’m hoping they can score some wins against the Socks across the river from where I lived this summer.

Lights at Fenway Park from my bedroom window in Cambridge

Lights at Fenway Park from my bedroom window in Cambridge