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James R. Jolin

Crimson staff writer James R. Jolin can be reached at james.jolin@thecrimson.com.

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Allston Housing
Harvard in the City

‘Just Not Fair’: As Allston’s Housing Costs Rise, Residents Turn to Harvard for Answers

Dominated by stockyards and rail lines before 1900, the 20th century transformed Allston: waves of immigration made it one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods, filled with single- and multi-family homes.

Allston Sign
City Politics

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus Developer Pledges Transportation Improvements

As the Boston Planning and Development Agency proceeds with its review of Harvard’s proposed Enterprise Research Campus, developers, University representatives, and Allston residents met virtually Tuesday to discuss plans to improve local transportation.

Allston and Charles River
City Politics

Allston Residents, Environmentalists Convene to Discuss Impacts of Harvard Development

Environmental advocates from the Charles River Watershed Association held a forum Monday focusing on the impact of Harvard’s Enterprise Research Campus on the Charles River and the region’s environment more broadly.

Students at SEC
Harvard in the City

Allston Residents Conflicted Over Appearance, Impact of Harvard’s New SEAS Campus

Local residents offered mixed opinions of Harvard’s Science and Engineering Complex in Allston following its official opening to students on September 2.

Allston
Central Administration

‘Grossly Insufficient’: Allston Politicians Claim Poor Harvard Outreach, Call on City Hall to Halt Development

Citing poor outreach by Harvard, several state and local legislators submitted a letter to acting Boston Mayor Kim M. Janey last month requesting a moratorium on “all decision-making processes” related to development of two Harvard-related projects in Allston.

Avi Loeb
Research

Harvard Prof. Loeb Launches ‘Galileo Project,’ Systematic Hunt for Signs of Extraterrestrial Life

In a move that some of his peers consider risky but rewarding, Harvard professor and astrophysicist Abraham “Avi” Loeb last month launched a systematic search for artifacts or active technology created by extraterrestrial beings, called the “Galileo Project.”

Enterprise Research Campus
Allston

Enterprise Research Campus Developer Ups Affordable Housing, Pledges Diversity, Sustainability in Recent Filing

Tishman Speyer, the firm leading Harvard’s efforts to develop an Enterprise Research Campus in Allston, filed a 900-page report with the Boston Planning and Development Agency Wednesday with updated plans for the project’s affordability, diversity, sustainability, and open space.

Harvard Art Museums Fogg Museum
Museums

Harvard Art Museums To Reopen in September, Pilot ‘Free Sunday’ Initiative

More than a year after their abrupt closing, Harvard Art Museums plan to reopen Sept. 4 at reduced capacity and offer free admission on Sundays.

Water Rise Gif
Allston

‘God Only Knows’: As Sea Level Rise Threatens Harvard and Greater Boston Area, Experts Mull Mitigation Strategy

As global temperatures steadily increase, experts predict that the resulting sea level rise and flooding will encroach on the Greater Boston Area — including Harvard’s campus.

Intersection Near 180 Western Ave
Harvard in the City

Construction Mitigation, Beautification Top of Mind at Barry’s Corner Development Meeting

In their fourth virtual meeting with the Harvard-Allston Task Force Tuesday, the developers of  180 Western Ave. shared updated plans for mitigating construction and fostering public spaces. Some task force members and locals, however, remain worried about the impact that construction at Barry’s Corner might have.

Location of Proposed Drain Pipe
City Politics

Boston Water and Sewer Commission, Stakeholders Weigh Embattled North Allston Drainpipe Expansion

Boston Water and Sewer Commission chief engineer John P. Sullivan justified the BWSC’s plans to proceed with the controversial Harvard-funded North Allston Drainpipe Expansion Project in a virtual meeting with local politicians, Allston residents, and University representatives Monday.

Truman Scholar Winners
Undergraduate Council

Harvard Juniors Harris and Omotowa Named 2021 Truman Scholars

Araoluwa P. Omotowa ’22 and Undergraduate Council President Noah A. Harris ’22 were selected for their “outstanding leadership potential” and their record of public service. The scholarship entitles them to up to $30,000 in funding for post-graduate studies as well as special opportunities for government employment, per the scholarship’s website.

Ayanna S. Pressley

U.S. Rep. Pressley Reassures Small Business Owners of ‘Brighter Path Forward’ at Harvard Panel

U.S. Rep. Ayanna S. Pressley (D-Mass.) delivered opening remarks at a Harvard-sponsored panel Friday during which local entrepreneurs and non-profit leaders discussed how they navigated the pandemic-induced recession.

Location of Proposed Drain Pipe
Harvard in the City

Harvard-Funded North Allston Drainpipe Expansion Confronts Political Challenge

As the Boston Water and Sewer Commission and Harvard proceed with the North Allston Storm Drain Extension Project — an estimated $50 million endeavor that the University has pledged to fully fund — local politicians, residents, and environmental groups have called for further investigation into its potential environmental impacts.

Allston SEC Construction
Harvard in the City

Sustainability, Public Space of Barry’s Corner Development Steer Discussion at Harvard-Allston Task Force Meeting

The Harvard-Allston Task Force and the developers of the Harvard-owned land at 180 Western Ave. mulled the project’s public spaces and sustainability at a virtual meeting Tuesday.

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