Backed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the BRA is seeking a facelift after reforming its management structure, neighborhood planning, and community outreach.
Cars drive up and down North Harvard Street, which connects Allston, a neighbordhood across the Charles River from the University's main campus, and Cambridge. After halting construction in December 2009 in wake of the financial crisis, in 2013 Harvard released a scaled-back plan for new residential and and academic facilities in the Allston area.
A collection of trash and recycle bins sit behind the construction site for the "Gateway project." Construction on the building will continue through 2016, though University administrators are unsure at this point whether to dedicate it for academic purposes, or use it as a “mixed use institutional building” as originally intended.
A chain-link fence surrounds a sign for the Harvard Innovation Lab. The University is currently constructing the Harvard Life Lab, slated to open in September 2016, a modular biotech addition to the existing i-lab dedicated to supporting student research and enterprise in biotechnology.