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Vassar St. Selfishness

The Tech received a copy of this letter addressed to Cambridge Executive Enterprises.

After reading about your formal protest against MIT’s plan to build a dormitory next to your headquarters, I felt compelled to write this letter and castigate you and your management for such pettiness and selfishness.

First of all, the street parking outside your place of business is not owned by you. That is public parking and therefore is shared by all. Second, you are the only business, actually the only building, down a 500-foot stretch of Vassar Street. In fact, no building and therefore no business is located across the street from your location. Third, Vassar Street is not a main thoroughfare and therefore has little traffic. Taking these arguments together, I see no basis in your concerns of parking and traffic delays.

What’s more galling, though, is your lack of understanding for your neighboring MIT community. Currently, there is a huge lack of housing for MIT students. This shortcoming has become ever so urgent in the wake of recent fatal events. I am sure you are familiar with the details since MIT has received so much pejorative press coverage. Hence, this dormitory needs to be built as soon as possible.

As I see it, your protest only serves to stonewall and delay a much needed plan for minimal gains on your part. You should be thankful you are located in a such a great location bordering on a vibrant and exciting institute. You should be working with MIT instead of against it.

In summary, I call on you to withdraw your reprehensible protest. Else, your obduracy and dereliction of community responsibility shall be crystal clear.

Mark Shane Peng G