Michael F. Glavin—who coordinated development work with the Allston community and Harvard for the Boston Redevelopment Authority and whose tenure saw the University’s plans for a science complex in the neighborhood halted due to financial constraints—is leaving the BRA later this month to lead the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville.
Residents say they feel that Harvard’s recommendations for Allston represent a chance for the University to reinvigorate the neighborhood but are worried that history will repeat itself in what they characterize as a perennial exclusion of community members from neighborhood planning.
Canadian native Mark Mitton astonished a crowd of Winthropians Monday night as part of the Senior Common Room Series at Winthrop House. The magician, known for making Will Smith appear in the middle of Time Square, kept the crowd entertained by changing into fantastical costumes, making cars appear in the most unlikely places, and even teaching the audience members some simple tricks of their own.
Allston residents munched on Swiss Challah, Pretzel Baguettes, and fresh Swiss Cheese at Wednesday’s Harvard Allston Task Force Meeting, in stark contrast to the serious and often tense tones of past meetings.
One month after Kevin A. McCluskey ’76 stepped down from his post as senior director of community relations for Harvard, the position has yet to be filled, leaving a gap in communication between Allston residents and the University.
Speaking before an audience of about 50 students on Thursday, the director of the Business School’s Innovation Lab predicted that the forthcoming Allston facility will reduce the University’s shortcomings in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.