harvard square landmark once rooted in print faces fight over its future
Julia Child is a frequent visitor here, searching for German and Italian cooking magazines in a new kiosk outside the city.
John Kenneth Galbraith comes to kiosk pavilion every day to buy the World newspaper.
In 1975, a young man named Paul Allen picked up a copy of a popular electronic product with a picture of a four-square personal computer on the cover;
He shared the story with his friend Bill Gates, and the rest was history.
For decades, the rambling kiosk Pavilion caters to the eclectic ink
Dyeing needs of famous, upcoming Peopleto-
Celebrities and 10 million others pass Harvard Square every year.
But there are fewer and fewer people buying newspapers and magazines now, and kiosk Pavilion life as a supplier of print publications is almost certainly coming to an end.
The powerful Harvard Square Business Association wants news to come forward so it can clean up the square
Or, in its words, \"polish the trophy.
\"The world has changed,\" said John P . \"
Di Giovanni, chairman of the Development Association.
\"People don\'t get their news like this.
Cambridge City with a 500 stake --square-
The foot complex Pavilion starts at $4.
6 million renovate it and the surrounding gritty brick square, even if the area is packed with tourists, students, homeless people, street performers, shoppers, tricycle drivers, chess players and political demonstrators.
Starting from August, the lease for out-of-town news will be renewed by the city within a monthto-
This means that it can close the kiosk any month after that.
The lease will expire on January 2019.
By then, if not earlier, the Out of Town News could be the latest news for the nation\'s most important newsstand --
After other casualties on the Internet, such as the news paradise in New Haven, Barnett in Athens, Georgia. , and the 101-year-
Old DeLauer restaurant in Oakland, California
The owner wants to stay-
This location is just outside the gate of Harvard University in the center of the square. it is the dream of marketers --
But alternatives are already being discussed.
One plan is to turn the square into a small Times Square with stadium seats and 23 seats. foot-
Wide LED screen and news broadcaster. (
No news of a naked cowboy. )
The other one will replace the box at the kiosk.
High brick wall with glass.
But the Cambridge History Committee has rejected any idea of major changes to the original structure.
Kiosk Pavilion was listed on the national list of historical places of interest in 1978.
But the Commission has no say in how to use kiosks, and that is the imminent battle now.
Structure of barrel-
The arched green copper roof was built in 1928 as the entrance to the subway.
When Sheldon Cohen moved in 1984, it became a newsstand, and he founded out of Town News in a wooden shed next door in 1955.
Out of Town News is still filled with magazines, obscure magazines and many hobby publications from all over the world.
But it no longer carries the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times or smaller newspapers.
Shopkeepers make up for the loss of income by selling Harvard trinkets, to the consternation of the business association, lottery tickets, cigarettes and pornography.
\"This is not the meaning of Harvard Square,\" said Denise Jillson, executive director of the association, when looking at the kiosk.
\"We can do better.
\"The proportion of customers who actually buy reading materials at the kiosk pavilion seems relatively small, but they are very engaged.
Brian Whelan, a 43-year-old foreigner, said: \"It\'s hard to imagine without this Harvard Square
Service officials are scanning the racks.
He usually buys the economist and foreign affairs, but on this day he\'s just browsing.
\"I always stop,\" he said . \"
\"This is anti-body.
Anthony De Leo, 76, who owns a rental Company apartment in Harvard Square, is buying Fast Company and Cambridge Chronicle.
\"I can\'t see this for the sake of removing this, for other purposes,\" he said . \".
\"There are so many people in and out from the president to writers to scientists;
This is a very unusual place.
People all over the world know.
Since the history committee has said that the basic structure of the kiosk Pavilion cannot be changed.
DiGiovanni made another suggestion: he wanted businesses to be able to rent the kiosk for a few hours at a time and provide sample items.
Different residents, academics, architects, urban planners, and even some City Council members say the speed is not fast and they claim that business associations have been trying to take over what should be a public decision-making --making process.
Many people have organized an organization called Harvard Square, which requires a voice.
The organization requested the city to designate the kiosk Pavilion as a landmark, saying it would add a layer of protection to the National Register and serve as part of the Cambridge protected area.
The idea was approved by the City Council and on Thursday, the history committee voted to see if kiosk Pavilion was designated as a landmark. Even Ms.
Jillson of the business association signed the petition.
Public groups also called for a public design competition for the square.
\"Harvard Square is important enough, so many international architects want to compete,\" says Suzanne Preston bulyer, the organization\'s leader and professor of Harvard architecture history.
The city is ready to appoint an advisory committee of a dozen stakeholders, including those of us at Harvard Square, to help determine the future use of the kiosk.
\"The city\'s intention is to allow the community to support a clear vision of the kiosk, which addresses programming, use, and ongoing management issues,\" said Lisa C . \"
Peterson, acting city manager. Still, Ms.
Blier and members of our Harvard Square are still concerned that the advisory board will be empowered by the Business Association.
On top of that, they worry that Harvard Square is losing its identity and unique architecture as part of a national chain and bank --
This is part of a relentless obsession with homogenization.
Paul Goldberger, a former building critic at The New York Times, said after a recent visit that the historical preservation section was designed to preserve \"defining the sense of place\" architectural work.
\"Kiosk kiosks are definitely in this category,\" he said.
\"Is it the Temple or the pyramid? ” he asked. “Of course not.
This is just a very, very good thing, Harvard Square would be greatly reduced without it.