Universities and Real Estate: Doing Good for the Neighborhood?

Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 12:00pm


Join us for a conversation with O. Robert Simha, Senior Lecturer in MIT's Department of Urban Planning. Mr. Simha served as the Director of Planning for MIT from 1960 to 2000. We will explore MIT's role in the transformation of the neighborhoods surrounding the campus and how that transformation has been both beneficial and detrimental. In addition to his role of Director of Planning at MIT, Mr. Simha served as a member of the Cambridge Planning Board for a five year term in the 1960’s and has been a board member of many service organizations in Cambridge over the years. He is currently the Vice President of the East Cambridge Planning Team. 

Click here for Mr. Simha's paper, 100 Years of Town Gown Relations in Cambridge, MA

This is the third program in our series, "The Examined University".

An ethical life begins with a clear-eyed look at ourselves. Our institutions – the places and communities that we call home – also benefit from careful consideration. This series introduces key questions about the choices and values that shape MIT.  How can understanding our Institute’s historic ties and current relationships help us think about its future? To promote an open and informal dialogue, this in-person program is limited to 18 participants.  EACH SESSION REQUIRES REGISTRATION and MIT AFFILIATION.