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Harvard and Allston

Allston and Harvard

Harvard University has always had big plans for its neighbor across the Charles. The Allston neighborhood houses Harvard's legendary football stadium, track, athletic facilities and its Business School campus.

Shortly after the university released an unprecedented 50 year plan for expansion and development in the Allston neighborhood in 2007, the stock market, the economy, and Harvard's legendary endowment faltered. Construction halted. Ambitious plans for an Allston Science Center were shelved mid-construction, tempers flared and neighborly relations soured. Now, Harvard and Allston are headed once more, into the breach. A new set of expansion plans has been tendered  and private partnerships are being considered while residents and developers try to hammer out a future for Allston.

To talk about the way forward we're joined by Bill Purcell, co-chair of the Harvard University Allston Work Team, Brent Whelan, a Harvard grad who has lived in Allston for 30 years, and Michael Glavin, who oversees Harvard-Allston plans for the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

We want to hear from you this hour: longtime Allstonians, what do you make of Harvard's current plans for your neighborhood? What's the best way forward for institution and community? Is this a big opportunity to remake the area and draw in new visitors and students? Can this be win-win? Who's getting left behind? Weigh in during the show at 877 301 8970 or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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*Originally aired 11/02/12
Walter Mosley on The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


Walter MosleyLate last year, Walter Mosley joined us to talk about his latest novel, The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Mosley’s protagonist, Ptolemy Grey, is an old, ailing recluse living in a dump of a cluttered apartment. His mind, on a downward spiral of dementia, is equally cluttered with a mashup of memories: the death of his wife, the lynching of a friend, his service in World War II. Then everything changes when he’s offered a Faustian bargain—a drug that will restore his brain in exchange for a shorter life. He takes the plunge, hoping mental clarity will help him solve a murder. Though Mosley may be best known for detective novels, his writing spans all genres: literary fiction, science fiction, crime and social commentary. In The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, Mosely uses threads from all of these styles to tell the story of mortality and morality. 

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