Harvard in the City


Mass. Turnpike Redesign to Clear Path for Harvard Development in Allston

Almost 100 acres of Harvard-owned land in Allston currently occupied by the Massachusetts Turnpike will be made available for development, thanks to a turnpike redesign plan selected by the Mass. Department of Transportation last week after eight years of deliberation.


Muddy Pond Protest

Students for a Democratic Society members tail and shout at Sargeant Kennedy ’28, the Harvard Corporation secretary, through Harvard Yard. Ira D. Helfand ’71 is pictured holding a bullhorn.


Muddy Pond Demonstration 1

A handbill distributed by the Students for a Democratic Society which advertised a march on campus demanding Harvard fill in Muddy Pond. SDS members were convinced that the courts would not otherwise find the University liable to fill it in.


Harvard Enterprise Research Campus Developer Pledges Transportation Improvements

As the Boston Planning and Development Agency proceeds with its review of Harvard’s proposed Enterprise Research Campus, developers, University representatives, and Allston residents met virtually Tuesday to discuss plans to improve local transportation.


Anticipating Fall Return to Campus, Students Reflect on the Impact of Off-Campus Living During Covid-19

Though during any typical year students would not hesitate to accept their spot in their House, this year students must weigh the benefits of residential House life — a hallmark of the Harvard College experience — with newfound joys they experienced living outside the Harvard bubble.


Student-Run Homeless Shelter Y2Y Maintains Reduced Operations Under Covid-19 Safety Measures

Y2Y Harvard Square, a youth homeless shelter staffed by Harvard students, has continued to accommodate guests under modified protocols this semester despite the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while also recruiting volunteers online and facilitating vaccine distribution for guests and staff.


Construction Mitigation, Beautification Top of Mind at Barry’s Corner Development Meeting

In their fourth virtual meeting with the Harvard-Allston Task Force Tuesday, the developers of  180 Western Ave. shared updated plans for mitigating construction and fostering public spaces. Some task force members and locals, however, remain worried about the impact that construction at Barry’s Corner might have.


Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Stakeholders Weigh Embattled North Allston Drainpipe Expansion

Boston Water and Sewer Commission chief engineer John P. Sullivan justified the BWSC’s plans to proceed with the controversial Harvard-funded North Allston Drainpipe Expansion Project in a virtual meeting with local politicians, Allston residents, and University representatives Monday.


Junior Justin Y. Tseng ’22 Seeks Medford City Council Seat, Breaking Racial and Age Barriers

As Justin Y. Tseng ’22 approaches his senior year, he is embarking on a job search that looks quite different from that of a typical rising senior. In late March, he announced his run for Medford City Council with the goal of serving the town he calls home.


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