Crimson staff writer

Andrew W. D. Aoyama

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A Gentlemen's Agreement

Across Harvard Square, lower-income residents and small businesses have for years existed in a constant competition for space — with large chains, with the University, and with the real estate investment firms frequently criticized for purchasing large swathes of land throughout the neighborhood. But taken collectively, Harvard’s property-owning final clubs exert a sizable influence on the Harvard Square real estate market. They too are players in the competition for space — and sometimes its rules aren’t necessarily fair.

A.D. Facade

The A.D. Club stands at the corner of Mass. Ave. and Plympton St.

Fred H. Humphreys

Fred H. Humphreys and his brother Paul owned and operated the music store Briggs & Briggs until it was forced to close a year after being priced out of its 1270 Mass Ave. storefront in 1999.

The Two Arthur Sacklers

Though the museum he funded on Quincy Street, the “miracle” that affirmed Harvard’s commitment to fine arts education, was erected to honor Arthur Sackler’s patronage of the arts during his lifetime, it has become to many a symbol of the forceful pharmaceutical advertising now implicated in thousands of overdose deaths.

Harvard University Sackler Building

Opened in Oct. 1985, the Arthur M. Sackler Museum was originally built to house the university's collection of works from Asia, the Middle East, and the Mediterranean.