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Ten O'Clock News; Simplex steering committee

01/07/1988

Meg Vaillancourt reports on a protest by Cambridge activists against plans proposed by MIT to develop a parcel of land near Central Square. Protesters accuse MIT and the developer of misleading the public by underestimating the size and scope of the project planned for the Simplex site. Bill Cavellini from the Simplex Steering Committee and Ken Campbell of MIT discuss the plans for the site. Vaillancourt reviews the plans for the site. The protesters differ with MIT over the amount of low-income housing to be built on the site and on the definition of low-income housing. Bill Noble from the Simplex Steering Committee criticizes MIT's definition of low-income housing. Cambridge activists and the homeless community are at odds with one another over the most effective form of protest against the development. At a protest, a scuffle breaks out between one of the activists and a homeless man. Community activist Mel King tries to make peace between the two sides. The Cambridge City Council will soon vote on the planned development. Following the edited story is additional b-roll footage of students on the campus of MIT in warm weather.


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Series
Ten O'Clock News
Title

Simplex steering committee

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976

Duration

00:09:26

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Subjects
Demonstrations
Universities and colleges
Urban poor
Homelessness
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Housing
City planning
King, Mel
Locations
Central Square (Cambridge, Mass.)
Cambridge (Mass.)
Genres
News Report
Topics
News
Contributors
King, Mel (Speaker)
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Citation
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Simplex steering committee,” 01/07/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 6, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0A3BB777AE42443EAAA345C1A91B3100.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Simplex steering committee.” 01/07/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 6, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0A3BB777AE42443EAAA345C1A91B3100>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Simplex steering committee. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_0A3BB777AE42443EAAA345C1A91B3100
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