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Harvard's report on its involvement in the Cambridge community--released Wednesday--drew mixed reactions yesterday from the Committee of Concerned Alumni (CCA).
In a letter to The Crimson, the CCA praised the report for making an attempt to reach the community, calling it "a good first step." However, the Committee expressed dissatisfaction with Harvard's "lack of commitment"--especially concerning the current housing crisis in Cambridge. They also accused the University of evading the issue of tax-exempt institutions.
The Harvard report included policy statements relating to expansion for housing and University-community relations.
Brett Donham '60, chairman of the Committee, called the report "a good thing because it is the first effort towards making Cambridge citizens aware of University plans."
"The people of Cambridge see Harvard as a monster buying all the property it can. The University has no realization of the magnitude of the city housing problem," he said.
Last May, the CCA published a report entitled "Harvard and Housing in Cambridge." In the report, Harvard was held responsible for the present housing crisis and for contributing to the continuing changes in character in Cambridge. They blamed Harvard's real estate policy for creating a community of transient students and professionals, and suggested that the University build a mixture of student, faculty and community housing.
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