Soon the sterilization of Harvard Square could be complete: Patio tables and mood lighting proposed for the Pit

The Crimson reports on some ambitious plans for the land behind the Out of Town News stand and the T stop: A complete overhaul of the Pit that would feature patio tables and chairs, stadium seating around it, LED floor lights and a giant flat-screen TV. Bonus: The plan would turn the Out of Town News kiosk into "a glass-walled information center with interactive features."

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      There is no outdoor vending

      There is no outdoor vending on that side of the kiosk.

      In addition, as described in the article "The current proposal recommends that the Out of Town News kiosk be converted to a glass-walled information center with interactive features ..." so they are assuming that the business is shut down.

      So what will happen

      to the homeless man who sits on the roof of the T stop throwing garbage at passerby? Will he be incorporated in the new design? Perhaps throwing colorful silk scarves or confetti?

      I think by "sterilization"

      I think by "sterilization" everyone means "generic architecture and land purposing that lacks character."

      I doubt anyone would complain about an extra cop or two telling the unsavory types to move along. I think people are complaining about a modern glass pedestrian mall in a predominantly brick-and-cobblestone area.

      awwww.....as a former "unsavory type"

      ... who used to hang out in the Pit, i am going to just go ahead and say that i would be very sad to see it go. that's where i hung out in the mid-eighties when i ran away from home. i was one of the homeless drug addicts. where else can a teenage girl meet up with an unwashed vagrant exotic dancer named "shadow" and learn the ways of the street?

      I LOVED THE PIT.

      i will love it 'till i die.

      or, i suppose, i will love it until it becomes absorbed into the generic, gutless, monolith that harvard square has become.