Harvard in the City
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Harvard is facing its first significant roadblock in its effort to renovate the Smith Campus Center.
The U.S. Olympic Committee and Boston 2024 organizers terminated Boston’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Monday following several months of backlash and major changes to the bid.
Cambridge residents and members of the board at a public hearing on Thursday expressed mixed opinions of the plans.
The change in plans represents a dramatic change from bid documents submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee in December.
Dorchester’s Harambee Park, not Harvard, would host Olympic and Paralympic tennis if Boston is selected as the host city of the 2024 Summer Games, yet another sign that Harvard’s relationship with the bid is evolving.
The unanimous vote to recommend Harvard’s plans to renovate the Smith Campus Center to the city’s Board of Zoning Appeal moves the construction plans one step closer to city approval.
University President Drew G. Faust seated next to Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the opening of the Harvard Ed Portal at its new location in Allston in February.
Harvard could factor into Boston’s plans for the 2024 Games, but its tumultuous history in Allston has some residents worried.
With Harvard’s developments in Allston approved, neighborhood residents question if their voices are being heard.
Members of the Boston Police Department and Brigham and Women’s Hospital personnel crossed the street away from the Harvard-affiliated hospital’s Shapiro building, where Harvard Medical School Assistant Professor Michael J. Davidson was fatally shot on Jan. 20.
The proposal for Boston's 2024 Olympic bid plans to build a natatorium off of Western Avenue in Allston.