Far away from the cold night air,
With one enormous chair.
Oh, wouldn't it be loverly?
- Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady
We learned at this morning's Harvard Allston Coffee Hour more about what Harvard plans to offer, and not offer, in terms of community connections at its proposed 125 Western Ave Entrepreneurship Center.
Harvard's plan is to provide meeting rooms and parking spaces to government agencies like the Small Business Administration to offer their services on Western Ave. Harvard does not intend to have its professors, staff, or students directly involved with Allston businesses. If, in the future, the SBA were to reduce its programs at 125 Western Ave Harvard made clear that it has no intention of filling that gap.
This is much less than what business schools like Syracuse are doing, where the school is directly involved in efforts to strengthen small businesses in the community where the school is located.