How do we advance Harvard’s timetable?Posted on June 27th, 2011 No comments
[Harvard] doesn’t operate on the same timetable as the rest of the city. It banks land to ensure that it has room to grow in the coming century. But Harvard’s own long-term interests don’t square with its neighbors’ more immediate concerns. Allston residents have watched in recent years as spots like Kenmore Square and Brigham Circle have received drastic makeovers, thanks to ambitious private development. In Allston, all development is tied to Harvard, and Harvard is in no hurry to build. The school says it has plans to remake the neighborhood, but it’s not really in the neighborhood-building business. Which is why every time Harvard rolls out a new plan for reshaping Allston, the refrain is: We’ll believe it when we see it.
25 and 50 year plans are all fine and good, but we NEED a REAL 5 year plan that addresses ALL the Allston properties.
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