Relevant to our thinking about what we might like Western Ave & Barry's Corner to be, the WCVB show Chronicle takes an interesting look at Cambridge's Porter Square and the stretch of Mass Ave north of Harvard Square. Chronicle finds unique stores, locally owned businesses, and the rich variety that many people think is lacking from today's Harvard Square and other shopping districts.
The story mentions the growing role of Lesley College in the Porter Square neighborhood. Lesley's President talks about getting out of his office and into the community and how the students of Lesley can constructively integrate with their Cambridge neighbors. A neighbor remarks that Lesley
saw the mistakes that Harvard made with the community and said "we're not going to make the same mistakes."