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Harvard Square's major changes, mapped

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Sweeping renovations, notable exits, and gaping vacancies are transforming the streetscape and the feel of Cambridge's Harvard Square. Blame (or credit) rising rents as well as changing shopping, eating, and entertainment habits.

This map tracks the alterations. Stay tuned as things might... well... change.

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1. Out of Town News

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0 Harvard Sq
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 354-1441
The 500-square-foot, city-owned building dates from 1928 and has been used as a newsstand since 1984. That could soon end, however, as the city is looking to renovate the kiosk as part of a general renovation of the square's central plaza. Officials and residents are not expected to decide the fate of the kiosk before this fall, so things will continue as they are for most of 2017. That could change toward 2018 and beyond.

2. Crimson Corner

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J.F.Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
The newsstand has been here for 54 years, but will have to vacate by the spring to make room for a 62-seat &pizza restaurant, including 10 outdoor tables where Crimson Corner's magazines and newspapers currently reside.

3. Tory Row

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3 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-8769
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The seven-year-old restaurant closed in the fall to make room for a 62-seat &pizza restaurant.

4. 9-11 John F. Kennedy Street

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11 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Developer Equity One wants to redevelop these buildings, along with 5 JFK and 18 Brattle streets, into a mall-like retail run of shops. The move, which has not been finalized and continues to draw opposition from residents, would likely mean the end of the world's only Curious George store.

5. Forbes Plaza

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75 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138
The changes to this public plaza are part of a wider renovation that Harvard is undertaking of its Smith Center student union. Work is supposed to wrap next year and will bring changes such as a four-foot extension of the center into the plaza and a second-floor balcony that overhangs the first floor and therefore overlooks the plaza. The center's renovation also meant the displacement of eateries such as Al's and Au Bon Pain, and the relocation of Oggi's.

6. Harvard Square Theatre

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10 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Movie-house giant AMC shuttered this location in 2012. It had been used as a theater of one sort or another since the Jazz Age. A trust that Chinese investor Gerald Chan controls snapped up the building in 2015 for $17.5 million (Chan owns several other properties in the Harvard Square area). The building has been vacant since that 2012 shuttering, with no apparent plans for redevelopment or a reopening.

7. FiRE + iCE

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50 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138
This restaurant closed in September after nearly 20 years in business. The space remains vacant with no apparent plans for redevelopment or reopening.
22 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
The restaurant closed in September because the rent had "gotten out of whack" lately, according to an Uno representative quoted in the Harvard Crimson. There are no apparent plans for a reopening or redevelopment.

1. Out of Town News

0 Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA 02138
The 500-square-foot, city-owned building dates from 1928 and has been used as a newsstand since 1984. That could soon end, however, as the city is looking to renovate the kiosk as part of a general renovation of the square's central plaza. Officials and residents are not expected to decide the fate of the kiosk before this fall, so things will continue as they are for most of 2017. That could change toward 2018 and beyond.
0 Harvard Sq
Cambridge, MA 02138

2. Crimson Corner

J.F.Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The newsstand has been here for 54 years, but will have to vacate by the spring to make room for a 62-seat &pizza restaurant, including 10 outdoor tables where Crimson Corner's magazines and newspapers currently reside.
J.F.Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Tory Row

3 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The seven-year-old restaurant closed in the fall to make room for a 62-seat &pizza restaurant.
3 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138

4. 9-11 John F. Kennedy Street

11 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Developer Equity One wants to redevelop these buildings, along with 5 JFK and 18 Brattle streets, into a mall-like retail run of shops. The move, which has not been finalized and continues to draw opposition from residents, would likely mean the end of the world's only Curious George store.
11 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138

5. Forbes Plaza

75 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The changes to this public plaza are part of a wider renovation that Harvard is undertaking of its Smith Center student union. Work is supposed to wrap next year and will bring changes such as a four-foot extension of the center into the plaza and a second-floor balcony that overhangs the first floor and therefore overlooks the plaza. The center's renovation also meant the displacement of eateries such as Al's and Au Bon Pain, and the relocation of Oggi's.
75 Mt Auburn St
Cambridge, MA 02138

6. Harvard Square Theatre

10 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
Movie-house giant AMC shuttered this location in 2012. It had been used as a theater of one sort or another since the Jazz Age. A trust that Chinese investor Gerald Chan controls snapped up the building in 2015 for $17.5 million (Chan owns several other properties in the Harvard Square area). The building has been vacant since that 2012 shuttering, with no apparent plans for redevelopment or a reopening.
10 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138

7. FiRE + iCE

50 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138
This restaurant closed in September after nearly 20 years in business. The space remains vacant with no apparent plans for redevelopment or reopening.
50 Church St
Cambridge, MA 02138

8. Uno

22 John F. Kennedy St, Cambridge, MA 02138
The restaurant closed in September because the rent had "gotten out of whack" lately, according to an Uno representative quoted in the Harvard Crimson. There are no apparent plans for a reopening or redevelopment.
22 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138