Debate over JFK library
Cambridge was torn by a proposal to build John F. Kennedy's presidential library on the site of the subway yard near Harvard Square for a decade after his assassination.
Architect I.M. Pei designed a glass structure similar to what he later proposed for the Louvre in Paris.
Residents feared for Harvard Square's overdevelopment, with regard to losing historical buildings and displacing local small businesses with larger chains. The JFK Library was eventually constructed in Dorchester.Pictured: Harvard Square from Holyoke Center in 1976.