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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.

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 Construction
City Politics

The City Approval Process Behind Harvard’s Expansion into Allston

In 2000, Harvard submitted the sole bid to the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority to claim 48-acres of dormant land in Allston. After securing the large tract of land for the lofty sum of $151,751,636, Harvard officially owned more property in Allston than it did in Cambridge.

Graduate School of Design

Here’s How the Allston Expansion Plan Got the City’s Approval

Harvard envisions big plans for its Allston property. Here is a brief synopsis of steps the University and the developers had to take to get these projects approved with the city of Boston.

Allston Construction

Developers, Local Residents Mull Layout, Sustainability, and Inclusivity of Proposed Allston Enterprise Research Campus

Developer Tishman Speyer, Harvard-Allston Task Force members, and local residents convened virtually Thursday to consider updated plans for Harvard’s proposed Enterprise Research Campus.

Enterprise Research Campus Plans

Enterprise Research Campus Plans

A diagram of Tishman Speyer's plans for the Enterprise Research Campus displayed during a meeting Thursday evening.

Massachusetts Turnpike

‘Single Biggest Beneficiary’: Allston Residents, Elected Officials Weigh in on Funding for the Massachusetts Turnpike

As questions arise over funding for the Massachusetts Turnpike project in Allston, state officials and local residents said they are considering residents’ quality of life along with the project’s funding sources and biggest beneficiaries.

Sustainability Building
Harvard in the City

As Harvard Development Continues, Allston Residents Worry About Neighborhood Stability, Affordability

As the University forges ahead with construction in Allston, some residents said they are worried about how the new projects — the Enterprise Research Campus and a development at 180 Western Ave. — will impact neighborhood stability and affordability.

Charles River Sunset

With Emphasis on Affordability and Green Space, Developers Further Detail Allston Project

Developer Samuels and Associates outlined detailed plans focusing on affordable housing and green spaces during a Tuesday meeting of the Harvard-Allston Task Force and Impact Advisory Group.

Barker Center

Despite Decrease in Concentrators, Students and Faculty Alike Defend the Humanities

Of the 18 concentrations in the Arts and Humanities division, 10 have experienced significant decreases in numbers of concentrators, six remained relatively steady, and two saw slight increases between 2015 and 2019.

HLS Affiliates on Reinhardt
Harvard Law School

Kenyan Justice Ngugi Talks Growing Equality for Women, Persons with Disabilities

Justice Grace Mumbi Ngugi, a judge on the High Court of Kenya, discussed the impacts of Kenya's new constitution upon social and health equality Thursday.

School of Public Health

Researchers Develop ‘World Hunger Clock’ To Measure Global Food Insecurity

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, the World Data Lab, and the Brookings Institute developed a “World Hunger Clock” to project current and future levels of hunger and food insecurity.

Saval GSD Event
Graduate School of Design

Writer-Activist Surveys Architecture’s Role In Reimagining Cities at GSD Talk

Writer and activist Nikil Saval discussed the role of architecture in reimagining cities in the context of the 1964 Harlem Race Riot at a virtual webinar hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design Thursday night.