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Written by Bwog Staff
The Crimson has broadened its coverage area–it’s now taking a look at Columbia’s expansion, but only as far as Alma’s project relates to its own. Some of the paper’s conclusions, in Bwog’s expert opinion, turned out a little whack.
The Crimson calls Harvard’s proposed expansion an “even more ambitious plan” than Columbia’s (because all comparisons must turn into contests). But is it? OK, Harvard’s plans extend over the next 50 years. And yes, they plan to expand over 200 acres. Columbia’s plan happens to be 25 years and cover 17 acres. But Allston is no West Harlem. If Harvard really wanted to be more ambitious than Columbia, it would have expanded 200 acres into downtown Boston.
In its second botched conclusion, the piece goes on to say that Columbia’s $150 million community benefits agreement will pressure Harvard to offer more to the Allston community. Allston may have its share of problems, but because it doesn’t have the race factor or a history of an ugly relationship with the University, Bwog’s going to take a bet that Harvard won’t budge much. Harvard has other places to throw its cash around.