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Harvard University owns ⅓ of Allston.
It is the largest landholder in Allston and Brighton.

What does this mean for our neighborhood?

With ~170 acres of land available for development in Lower Allston and North Brighton, Harvard University, the Harvard Allston Land Company (HALC), and its for-profit development partners have expressed their intent to construct a commercial campus that serves their interests. Right now, the power to shape this new neighborhood, and who is able to live there, is in the hands of Harvard and its developer partners.

The Coalition for a Just Allston + Brighton (CJAB) seeks to hold Harvard accountable for its development in Allston and Brighton.

We envision a healthy, welcoming, and diverse neighborhood where the people of our city can afford to put down roots. A neighborhood full of small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities for a range of services. A neighborhood that supports Allston’s arts, music, and craft creators. A neighborhood with good public transit, bike, and micro-mobility connections to the rest of Allston Brighton, Boston, Cambridge, Watertown, and points west. A community where greenspace and an extensive tree canopy cools summer temperatures, absorbs stormwater, and improves the mental and physical health of residents and workers.

The Coalition seeks to work with Mayor Wu and Harvard to make this vision real.

Read more about the commitments we’re seeking from Harvard

Take Action

Add your endorsement to CJAB’s letter to Mayor Wu! Both individuals and organizations can choose to endorse the letter.

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Want to get more involved in CJAB’s work? Get in touch at to learn more! As a grassroots, community-led organization, we welcome your involvement.