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Mass Ave. Destruction

No one likes a sloppy presentation. It amazes me then that MIT’s community continues to tolerate the construction disaster that runs through our campus’s spine: Mass Ave from Memorial Drive to Albany St. has been a mess since I returned to campus at the end of August. Many freshmen who could have been at manicured campuses up the river or in sunny California are instead forced to stumble over piles of brick on their way to class each morning.

Not only is this construction zone unsightly, it disrupts services vital to the MIT community: lunch and transportation. Hungry students, staff, and faculty pouring out of Building 7 each noon must queue haphazardly in sand pits for food trucks which are gradually pushed further away from 77 Mass Ave., else they must trip over chunks of concrete and pylons in order to reach the Student Center.

Additionally, MIT Parking and Transportation has been forced to re-route its Boston Daytime and Saferide routes to avoid the construction. The MBTA’s #1 bus cannot pick up passengers at its proper stop, leaving students to chase buses up and down the street trying to guess where drivers will come to a rest.

Undergraduate application season will end shortly. I doubt Mass Ave.’s disheveled look will dissuade anyone from applying to MIT, but who knows what impact our construction zone welcome mat will have on prospective students come spring. Let’s hope we won’t have to find out.

Nathan B. Cisneros G