The Defense (Fund) Never Rests Its Case

Sq. Group Fights for Mom-And-Pops

Developers, city officials and Defense Fund members alike insist they're striving to reach a balance of interests in Harvard Square.

And though the Defense Fund logo--a map-like street grid with an arrow shooting upward--may imply a single direction for Harvard Square, local business people and residents will doubtless continue to be divided in their support for the group.

Developers assert the Fund's grass-roots tactics, while noisily aggressive, serve only to cripple the evolution of the Square. The board member of the HSBA asks: "The Defense Fund can rally people--they can do that well--but at what benefit?"

But long-time residents say that the character of the Square is irrevocably disappearing.

"They really used to roll up the sidewalks at 8 p.m.," Sullivan recalls. "In the middle of the 1960s, Harvard Square was really a college town. Stores served homeowners, housewives and college students."


Gradually, that homely atmosphere has faded away, Sullivan says.CrimsonGrigory Tovbis"Harvard Square is not their private Disneyland," says JANET CAHALY, who, with her husband ALEXANDER, fought off a Defense Fund suit.