Sunday, April 25, 2010

Irreplaceable (rocks have roots)

Being rooted from a country with history, thousands of years old,  where even the hills, mountains, and cliffs are untouched windows into the past, across the country... It doesn't make sense to me why some places blast their landscapes away.  Random landscapes of beauty carry the eyes over seeming endless land... 'where one can view the cosmos from here' ~ my aunt would say in wonder.  Lynn too has an old style wonder, where engaging architecture meets scenic landscapes.  "Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder." ~ Plato
But I wonder, what is the  environmental philosophy and ethics of developments which destruct the terrain like this...

Going through the windows of history... here is the story of an Early Christian village, on the island where my roots are partially from...
This Early Christian village was created on the cliffside of a rocky hilltop, after the surviving ancestrial villagers (of an early Classical village) had their homes sink into a ground vault from the destruction of an earthquake.  They chose to rebuild their homes on the southern hillside, of the safest strongest rocky ground.  Centuries since then have passed, and the earthquakes which shook the earth over this historic time period, were unable to bring down this village fused as one with the rock.  

New England has not worried about a major earthquake since 1755... but in Alonzo Lewis' book the History of Lynn,  there were many notes of earthquakes in Lynn since then, with one recorded in 1837.  
Wondering about safe earthquake design, I've learned from a Build Boston seminar that we should not dismiss the concern.  The earth's vibrations in global history have increased over periods of time, and history shows an increasing calculation for the future (but I actually hope it takes a turn like the stock market :).  The best advise the consultants had to offer, is to create stronger connections at the plates of a building's base... and to hire them for solutions :)   One untested theory is to place a foundation into a sandbox... but even this method is not for certain (and a waste of materials).  

There is another simple yet significant thought in ancient wisdom... for buildings on hillsides to face southward.  The sun will rise and pass every day, over every open window and corridor.

Civilizations may be older on the other side of the ocean, but here in the US we have the very few Pre-Cambrian rocks left in the world... from billions of years ago.  One really really old area is by Spring Pond (page 17).  

Coming back to our roots here... this place has been a good home to many.  As my Giagia once said...  "Even a rock grows roots if it stays in one place."  
So for those who built their roots on something, and then something else tries to take it away... its irreplaceable.
This is irreplaceable...

Highland Ave, area south-east of Spring Pond.  Proposed location of Lowes.
(In wondering awe of the sunlight which falls on this land)

"They can try to change my appearance... but they can't change my heart." `Lyrics from a Cretan serenade about a levied troop.  But only this soldier could change his clothes back.


  1. I always loved the hills of my homeland, the highland. Huge massive rock structures, some of which were blasted in the last 5 years :(.

    A walk through Lynn woods shows you what New England looked like 300 years ago with all its rolling features and glacial remains strewn about (those massive lonely boulders)

  2. I hope to collect pictures soon of the beautiful homes built into the landscape on Lynn hills.

    correction on the last earthquake in Lynn. According to Alonzo Lewis, he noted several earthquakes after 1755, which were not picked up by the national register. One reference I found was in 1810 from his book- The History of Lynn


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