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899-907 Main Street: An Uncertain Future

In this building is an ice cream parlor, a dumpling shop, and a pizza joint. Dozens of people live upstairs. Here, people are studying, sleeping, and leaving the building. They are finding their friends, baking cakes, surfing the web, and coming home. In this building there are plans for the future and stories about the past. They say this building is worth more torn down than it is up. So why is it still standing?

 

Video by Kirsten Greco, Lawrence Barriner II, and Ruth Sappelt. Below: 899-207 Main Street in Cambridge, Mass. in January, 2013. Photo by Lawrence Barriner II.

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4 responses to “899-907 Main Street: An Uncertain Future”

  1. patrick barrett says:

    I look fat like capitalist

  2. Patrick Barrett says:

    Hey MIT smarties, did you know Cambridge is in the middle of a huge development debate? There is new zoning language being proposed, net-zero development petitions, and people completely polarized to the point of religion on either side of the equation. Sure would love to have the input of people who actually know what they are talking about. However if the practical application of your study is too much to bear Gus and I will continue to make ourselves available for interviews.

  3. […] In this building is an ice cream parlor, a dumpling shop, and a pizza joint. Dozens of people live upstairs. Here, people are studying, sleeping, and leaving the building. They are finding their friends, baking cakes, surfing the web, and coming home. In this building there are plans for the future and stories about the past. They say this building is worth more torn down than it is up. So why is it still standing? […]

  4. Kevin says:

    Did anyone else come away wishing that the Gus guy was the owner of the building instead of the 25yr old looking for a retirement plan?

    Also, note to self: Buy business next to massage parlors, they’re good tippers.

    Great job!

  5. Patrick W. Barrett III says:

    25yr old?!!! Kevin I’m blushing, but married. And to answer the previous question the building is still standing because for know that’s the way I likes it. ; ) …. 25 yearold with a retirement plan….ahahahahaahahahahahahahaahaha…. that slayed me thank you.