At the same time, I'm not sure that it makes sense for Harvard to pat itself on the back too much for having "cleaned up the Citgo station". The new paint is nice, but forgive me for not being impressed by the state of this 1/2 acre property that Harvard has owned for 3 years.
Learn more about the upcoming reconstruction of the Western Ave & River St bridges and how we can have a better neighborhood in which to walk, bike, and drive.
“It is premature to speculate on what departments or programs may or may not be settled into Allston and when,” wrote Faculty of Arts and Sciences spokesman Jeff Neal in an e-mailed statement.
“The general understanding is that Allston will someday come alive, but now it’s quite vague,” said MCB Executive Director Susan H. Foster. “We just are living for today.”
If you want to read up on the proposal before the meeting, the Draft Project Impact Report is posted here. But the DPIR is a 687 page, 42.5 MB file. There is no way any Allston/Brighton resident in their spare time could ever come close to reading and analyzing the whole thing. Pretending that we can really have a fact-based discussion about the impacts of this project (such as transportation) does a disservice to the entire process. How much of the 206 page transportation section have you read?
Think this will be a net job creator and economic engine? Or will it take business away from the many businesses in Brighton that sell similar products? Has anyone with any expertise and independence studied this important question?
In other communities, developers have agreed to fund an independent study conducted by and for the community. Even Harvard agreed to fund a $150,000 independent study in exchange for the Phase One wavier from the State. This waiver allowed Harvard to proceed with the Science Complex construction without review of a master plan for what they thought would be the rest of their Allston build-out.
And all of this would be so much easier, less contentious, and more meaningful if the BRA had followed through with this idea for a neighborhood planning initiative. It sounded great 3 years ago, but then it silently vanished leaving us to these ad-hoc and uninformed debates.
Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Planning Initiative - Boston Redevelopment AuthorityIn 2007, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (“BRA”) held a series of
community workshops and meetings for the Allston-Brighton Neighborhood Planning Initiative ("ABNPI")...The ABNPI is a planning effort that will address various planning issues south of the Turnpike... The ABNPI will result in a report prioritizing short-term and long-term recommendations and serve as a guide for the City of Boston.
An ache at the core of old Oak Square - The Boston Globe
Also, different definitions of "good" might arise from considering the situation more broadly. For example, an over-saturation of any one type of tenant might not be "good", even though each individual tenant when considered in isolation might be "good".
Allston Residents React to Purcell’s New Post The Harvard Crimson
Patrick-Murray Administration Will Launch "Mass Save Great Appliance Exchange" Thursday, April 22
Starting at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Earth Day, federal stimulus-funded rebate program will reward consumers who trade energy-guzzling appliances for new, super-efficient models
What really happens:
Website (http://masssave.com/residential) hasn't worked since 9:45. Gives error:
403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.Phone # (877-MA-SWAP-1) is constantly busy
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied
And one from the Crimson too
Allston learns about this presidential appointment because I got a Google Alert about a blog post from Tennessee that publishes an internal email from a Harvard Dean. I wonder if anyone at Harvard thought an email to residents of Allston and Brighton might be appropriate.
Considering that no such neighborly notice was sent, either it never crossed Harvard's collective minds to proactively and publicly share this news, or it was considered and decided not to be done. Either way, seems a shame.
Is State Violating Bridge Repair Law? Steve Miller's Blog
Flaherty wins big (%-wise) in Allston/Brighton, but 293 votes isn't much of a prize. (I think he had almost 293 lawns signs in A/B).
Bid to support the many programs of the Pine Street Inn.
Pine Street Inn - Auction Items - BiddingForGood Fundraising Auction
The Silk Road Project, a nonprofit arts and educational organization created by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma ’76, will move its headquarters from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I. to a Harvard property in Allston in July.
Please remember to vote on Tuesday
Please join us on April 27 from 6:00-8:00 at the Gardner School auditorium (30 Athol St) for a meeting with LivableStreets, the Charles River Conservancy, and others to discuss these important projects.
DEATH INVESTIGATION AT 7 MANSFIELD STREET :
Last night around 11:58PM, officers from District D-14 (Allston) responded to the area of 7 Mansfield St. for a male that was assaulted. While en route, officers were advised that someone had been stabbed.
On arrival, officers observed a male victim lying on the ground suffering from apparent stab wounds. The victim was transported to the Beth Israel Hospital where he was pronounced.
Boston Police Homicide Detectives are actively investigating the facts and circumstances of this incident. Community members with information regarding this matter are urged to call Homicide Investigators at (617)-343-4470. Individuals who wish to provide information anonymously may do so by calling the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-494-TIPS or texting ‘TIP’ to CRIME (27463). The Boston Police Department is interested in your information, not your identity. The identity of individuals providing information anonymously will be strictly protected.
Insiders Insight Redux
During this tremendous downturn, colleges and universities have been busy planning and reorganizing their operations. Hear what they have been doing to streamline their processes and how this will affect the way construction business may be done in the future.Presenters:
Pamela Delphenich, Director of Planning, MIT
Nancy May, Vice President for Facilities, Northeastern University
Maureen McDonough, Esq., Director of Program Administration for the Allston Development Group at Harvard University.Mary Nardone, Associate Vice President for Capital Planning and Construction, Boston College
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:00am - 10:30am
$90 Members, $120 Nonmembers
Seaport Hotel, Boston
Senate candidates pledge to be Allston-Brighton advocates - Allston-Brighton, MA - Allston/Brighton TAB