Finish the Job: Include Harvard Square MBTA Station
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HARVARD SQUARE IS AN ICONIC AND IMPORTANT CIVIC SPACE. WITH MORE THAN 12 MILLION PEOPLE VISITING YEARLY, IT IS A PART OF THE LOCAL AND GLOBAL IMAGINATION. UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE A BIG PROBLEM.
The City of Cambridge and MBTA are in the process of formulating plans to re-design and upgrade the iconic Harvard Square "Out of Town News" kiosk and plaza. This comes at a cost exceeding 7 million dollars of taxpayer money.
Harvard Square renovations will affect citizens for months, perhaps years to come during construction. Yet, critically needed upgrades to the MBTA Harvard Square Station head house and entrance have been overlooked and not included in the overall scope of the project. The station is an integral component of the plaza. It is essential that it be incorporated into any plans for this space.
The Harvard Square Station, the station with the third highest ridership in the entire MBTA system, is an embarrassment to Cambridge and the region. The "head house" is a rusted eyesore in dire need of replacement with a more befitting and weather-tight structure. Dangerous conditions including the leaking rusted structure, exposed girders, uncovered electrical wires, and the sub-par ADA accessibility beleaguer this "welcome mat" into Cambridge.
We Petition the City of Cambridge and the MBTA to complete the job:
- Immediately expand the scope of the project to include needed, long overdue improvements to the Harvard Square Station and surrounding plaza.
- Work with the Public, City Council, Consultants and other stakeholders.
- Allow local merchants, artists and community members to use the Harvard Square Station mezzanine "storefront" space in order to cultivate small businesses and non-profits who cannot afford above-ground retail space in Harvard Square.
We look forward to working with you on this immensely important project.
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