WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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traffic, and lack of proper access. Concurrently, though, 700 townspeople flooded college post boxes, many requesting space in the new facility. Levings cites three factors which led to the continuing care facility's demise in 1990: "The College was about to initiate a major capital campaign; Boston's real estate market was in major decline; and vociferous neighborhood disapproval promised a tough fight." In a 1989 letter to "Friends of Wellesley Lifecare," the college indicated that it would step back for a period of reflection concerning the project. That period of reflection stretched for 24 years into 2014, during which time hikers, dog-walkers, the Regeneration Student Farm, and the Weston Road Garden Club have held friendly sway on the property, watering one another's gardens, sharing strategies to discourage marauding raccoons, and engaging in friendly competition to produce the first ripe tomato. "The college has been very generous with these gardens," says Spencer. "I'll be heartbroken to see them go." Meanwhile, the good earth waits patiently for its next role to be revealed. There is something in the nature of native soil that is both seductive and emboldening. Even those who by any legal def- inition do not own a stake in it nonetheless feel a universal right to voice their opinion. And so, the various constituencies continue to meet, strategize, plan, and debate. Whatever the outcome may be in this small corner of Wellesley, it is clear that numerous par- ties consider the land "worth working for and worth fighting for." Indeed, it is the only thing that lasts. 90 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 DIANE SPEARE TRIANT is a writer in Wellesley Hills The college has been very generous with these gardens. I'll be heartbroken to see them go." John Spencer / President / Weston Road Garden Club The Coveted "North 40" D I A N E S P E A R E T R I A N T

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