THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
THE BLUE LAWS OF A BLUE STATE

Bemoaning the uglification of Harvard Square

December 18, 2010

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RE “Our new Blue Laws’’ (Op-ed, Dec. 10): Paul McMorrow seems to chuckle at Cambridge City Council’s attempt to pass a law barring banks from “setting up shop in the city’s high-rent districts,’’ and attributes this feeling to Cambridge people’s “frosty and somewhat confused outlook on capitalism.’’

It’s not capitalism I object to so much (although I do); it’s the uglification of Harvard Square. If you search “Harvard Square banks’’ online, you get a nice graphic with tons of tiny little orange balloons, one for each bank or ATM. Do we really need so many banks?

But that’s not even my primary objection to this picture. One of the banks stomps on the ghost of Brigham’s ice cream parlor, and another squats on the ghost of Elsie’s sandwich shop. These banks are raptors that have preyed on what had been the most charming locales of my city.

Attention must be paid to what super-high rents reap.

Marcia Deihl
Cambridge