Harvard Square exists out of the time-space continuum.
At least it does according to the clock in front of Bank of
America on Mass Ave. The freestanding timepiece is frozen at 12:16,
misinforming shoppers on a daily basis. What is the significance of the
12:16? Does the clock commemorate a major point in Cambridge history?
The opening of the bank? Lunchtime?
Apparently, it commemorates nothing. Enthusiastic Bank of
America representative Anna Marie Dracopolous claims that the clock
used to work, but stopped moving a few weeks ago.
Her answer may not be as titillating as a time warp, but it begs a further question: why hasn’t it been fixed?
No one in Cambridge knows. City Hall denied responsibility and
sent the question over to the Cambridge Historical Society—which
immediately declared that City Hall owned it. The Department of Public
Works didn’t know, either. Its public relations manager, Rebecca
Fuentes, wrote in an e-mail: “No one I have talked to seems to know the
history of the clock. I think we had assumed it belonged to the bank.”
The bank also denies ownership. In her attempts to repair the
clock, Dracopolous says she has also contacted the disappointingly
unresponsive city institutions—City Hall and Public Works. After
leaving a message with a mysterious “Steve” at Public Works,
Dracopolous says, she doesn’t know where to turn to placate the “many
residents” she says have complained about the busted timekeeper.