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Cambridge activists protest MIT development
[Controversy over development of University Park]
Original Airdate: 1/7/1988

Length: 00:03:47
Item Type: newstape - edited story master

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Description : Abstract
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.

Contributor : Reporter
Meg Vaillancourt
Format : Tape 5513   Barcode   Script is available.
2" videotape 102880 
VHS cassette 104087 
Betacam cassette 104120 
digital betacam cassette 104119 

Subject : Keywords
City planning
Universities and colleges
Urban poor

Subject : Personal Names
Campbell, Ken
Cavellini, Bill
King, Mel
Noble, Bill
Vaillancourt, Meg

Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Forest City Developers
MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Subject : Geographic Locations
Cambridge (Mass.)

Type : Genre
News - Television

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