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The University has refused to grant an extension on its eviction notice to DeWolfe and Plympton St. residents. They are required to vacate by June 30.
A landlady stated that a "professor from Japan" had applied for permission to remain in his rooms until August. "The University was nice about it," she said, "but considered it very doubtful."
Members of a surveying crew began measuring these homes recently and one of the men employed said that the purpose of these measurements was to "tell how many houses they have to pull out for the new dorms."
Not Harvard Property
The homes measured, however, are not all Harvard property. A woman whose property is near Mt. Auburn and DeWolfe Sts., site of the proposed eighth House, disclosed that she had not sold as yet.
University officials have stated, nevertheless, that Harvard has enough land to erect a dormitory on the DeWolfe-Mt. Auburn block, and that the University will build around private property. No construction on Copperthwaite St. is planned this year.
Tenants not associated with the University have had trouble finding apartments. Some are depending upon the unbought property to help them remain. One man deemed it "impossible that Harvard would throw us out into the street when they haven't the house next door," and that he would not worry about the deadline. "I've done enough worrying," he concluded.
The University's stand was justified by those who had found apartments. One GSAS student said that all the tenants had been "spoiled by living at such low rental just a block and one-half from Harvard. There are blocks of apartments if you want to look," he added.
Chief complaint of those who had found places to live was the increase in rent. To stay in Cambridge, many students are forced to take apartments in Holden Green and Botanical Gardens.
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