Why do newspapers get a copy of the letter from Menino to Faust before the residents of Allston and Brighton?
The Harvard Crimson :: News :: Menino Blasts Allston Slowdown
Regarding the content of the letter, Menino states that "the University may not make unilateral decisions." This is a new concept after watching Harvard act unilaterally for the last several years. On Monday night Harvard employees defended Harvard's intention to make unilateral decisions. It would be great if now the Mayor's Office and BRA start advocating for collaboration and joint decision-making.
But will we move from unilateral to bilateral or trilateral?
The Mayor's letter tells Harvard to meet with BRA staff to discuss the Science Complex and vacant property, but it doesn't explain what, if any, role he sees for the people who live here. We need a process that recognizes all stakeholders - City, Harvard, and community.
Harvard Menino Ltr to Faust