According to this story in the current issue of Boston Magazine, there is quite a party going on in Allston at Harvard's Business School . As HBS is accepting younger students, wild keg parties and beer-pong tournaments (also known as Beirut) are described as common. The students there will soon be even younger, as a new HBS program, 2+2, will add several dozen 24 year olds to the mix.
"You look back at some nights and you could say it happened at the University of Florida or you could say it happened at Harvard Business School, " said a second-year HBS student told Boston Magazine . A recent grad described the scence as "a lot of these people are 26, 27, have half a million dollars in the bank, and are completely burned out from all the 90-hour workweeks. They really just want to have a good time."
This should give pause to residents and City officials considering Harvard's expansion plans that will bring HBS and other student housing closer to North Allston's residential neighborhoods. Harvard's Master Plan draft proposes 500,000 square feet for Harvard Business School academic and housing uses, 350,000 square feet of graduate student housing (590 beds), and 800,000 square feet of undergraduate housing. But Harvard proposes not a single unit of housing for non-student adults who teach or work at Harvard and might become more permanent members of the community.
Allston/Brighton is already dominated by residents in their 20's, who make up 45% of our population (compared with 23% for the entire city of Boston). As with other demographic segments like renter/owner, it is a question of finding a good balance and anticipating how changes will affect (positively and negatively) different groups of people.