[Controversy over development of University Park]
Original Airdate: 1/7/1988
Item Type: newstape - edited story master
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Meg Vaillancourt reports on a protest by Cambridge activists against plans proposed by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to develop a parcel of land near Central Square. Vaillancourt notes that protesters accuse MIT and the developer of misleading the public by underestimating the size and scope of the project planned for the Simplex site. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of Bill Cavellini (Simplex Steering Committee) and Ken Campbell (MIT) denouncing the plans for the site. Vaillancourt reviews the plans for the site. Vaillancourt reports that the protesters differ with MIT over the amount of low-income housing to be built on the site and on the definition of low-income housing. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of Bill Noble (Simplex Steering Committee) criticizing MIT's definition of low-income housing. Vaillancourt reports that Cambridge activists and the homeless community are at odds with one another over the most effective form of protest against the development. Vaillancourt's report includes footage of the protests by Cambridge activists. A scuffle breaks out between one of the activists and a homeless man. Mel King (community activist) tries to make peace between the two sides. Vaillancourt reports that the Cambridge City Council will soon vote on the planned development. This tape includes additional footage of students on the campus of MIT in warm weather.
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Universities and colleges
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Forest City Developers
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
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News - Television
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