Instead, Keller says, Harvard re-uses much of its land for purposes that fit the University's current needs.
In the past few years, Harvard has--at least in Cambridge--sold far more properties than it has acquired. Since 1996, Harvard has sold 19 buildings in Cambridge, Keller says.
But outside of Cambridge, Harvard's presence is still on the rise. With 52 acres of land in Allston and several other small residence complexes scattered across Boston, and a campus at Longwood, the University is by no means underrepresented across the river.
One example of this is Harvard's holdings in Roxbury's Mission Park.
The faculty and staff working at Harvard's Mission Park hospital and utilities requested a residential space, Levitan says.
"Mission Park came out of Harvard wanting to work with and stabilize the neighborhood," Levitan says. "It was not created as an economic benefit for Harvard."
But Harvard is at the mercy of the cities of Boston and Cambridge, and obtaining their explicit permission is not always easy.
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