By: Tim Devin
Sommerville, MA; Free the Future Press, 2020
Dimensions: 5.5 in X 8.5 in
Color: black and white
Edition size: open
In the 1870s, Somerville’s once-beautiful waterways near Union Square became heavily polluted–so the state decided to bury them. After the work was done, everyone called it a day, and promptly forgot there was ever a river there in the first place.
Burying the river has had significant effects on our environment–and will continue to haunt us as global warming brings more and more rain our way. This zine looks at why the river was buried; how that decision has affected our environment; and what it all says about our culture.
- Free the Future Press
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Sobering little zine about how ignorant and incremental changes can have cascading consequences over time. I work in the Somerville/Cambridge area and appreciated the historical background and thorough research. A worthwhile read!