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Harvard To Bid on Allston Railroad Yard

Construction, even in the relatively open area of Allston, would reflect the new Harvard bent toward community involvement within any development project. No concrete plans have been proposed so far, because Harvard would not be the only voice in these decisions.

President Neil L. Rudenstine says the University will work to make any Allston development fit within the greater Boston vision.


"We would make it part of the larger planning process, working with the mayor in order to develop an overall plan that makes sense for everyone," Rudenstine says. "It's very hard to predict what the needs of Harvard and the community will be 50 or 100 years from now."

Owning it All?

Harvard development in Allston has been the subject of much discussion in the Boston community ever since Harvard secretly purchased 52 acres in 1997, hiding its identity to avoid being overcharged. At the time, city officials and Allston residents publicly criticized the Harvard policy, chastising the University for dishonest and unfair dealing.

The subsequent outcry substantially weakened relations between Harvard and the city of Boston. President Rudenstine said his handling of the Allston purchase was his greatest regret of his presidency, according to The Boston Globe.

Now, with talk of another Harvard land deal in Allston, many recall the previous purchase.

Paul Berkeley, the president of the Allston Civic Association, says the perception of any action Harvard takes in the Allston community will surely be colored by the 1997 deal.

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