Charlesview residents who would rather stay put

Harvard, the BRA, and the Charlesview Board spent years claiming how the residents of Charlesview were so desperate to leave their crumbling, decaying homes to move to new buildings. So how was the Crimson able to find Charlesview residents who either don't want to move or "just don't care"?

As Relocation Moves Forward, Charlesview Residents Remain Divided | News | The Harvard Crimson

Nancy T. Thach, who has lived at Charlesview for two years, was less optimistic about the land swap.

“A lot of people don’t want to move because they thought the rent might go up. I don’t want to move again," she said. "Where I have to live now, it’s fine with me."

Malena Som, who has been a resident of the Charlesview for five years, said she believes many residents are apathetic to the process.

“It’s frustrating because of the fact that we have to move to a different location—but it’s literally right there,” she said, pointing to the site less than a half mile down Western Avenue where the Charlesview will soon be located. “We have no idea what’s going on, we just know that we’re moving sometime. I think [the residents] just don’t care. They’re just curious as to… if it’s going to end up smoothly or not.”


  1. My primary objection to this project was that separating the "luxury condos" and the section eight housing into two separate areas of this "mixed income" development was unjust and backwards social engineering.

    Now the housing market has crashed. I am not in the least surprised - though irritated and disappointed - that interest in moving the section eight folks out of their crumbling infrastructure is insufficient to get this project underway.

    Probably the current Charlesview residents merely share my cynicism...

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