Many Off-campus Grad Students Would Prefer Sidney and Pacific Site
Several recent letters to The Tech have complained about the dangerous location of the next graduate dormitory and have claimed that graduate students will be discouraged from attending MIT because of the dangerous location.
But about 70 percent of graduate students live off-campus, many of them in "dangerous" parts of Cambridge, Somerville, Allston, and Boston. One of my apartment-mates was severely beaten a block from our apartment in Somerville. Students have been killed within a block of the MIT president's house, students have been knifed at on-campus MIT parties in the past, and various thieves sometimes manage to get into undergraduate dorms.
The fact of the matter is that living in a city, anywhere in a city, can be dangerous. I would gladly move from my 70 year-old triple decker in a dangerous part of Somerville to a brand new building in a dangerous part of Cambridge right next to campus.
David A. Martin G