Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Harvard's Private Mosquito Breeding Farm

In 2010, and 2011, Harvard University spent millions renovating their residential buildings at 85-95 Prescott Street, Cambridge MA. New fire alarm system which damaged my hearing during testing. Thank you. What? New elevator, but not wheelchair accessible. New mailboxes in the lobby. New rugs in the halls. Harvard did not tell tenants when they removed asbestos from the tile flooring. Cough, cough. New water line from the street to support a new sprinkler system. New combination rapid heat rise, smoke and CO2 detectors. New hall lights. Painted outside of tenants' doors. New apartment numbers for the doors. Always thinking about ways to improve the quality of life for their tenants, the superintendents and property managers installed low flow devices on the faucets so that tenants can spend more time cleaning themselves and getting to know their dishes, pots and pans better. One memo warned of the need to wash dishes right after using them to eliminate standing water in the sinks. Don't want to provide mosquito breeding opportunities you know.

Nonetheless during the upgrading process the real estate managers were able to create a secret hidden private mosquito breeding farm within the buildings. Some of these Harvard grown mosquitoes will be shared with members of the Cambridge community (as Harvard refers to non Harvard affiliates). Will the members of the community show their gratitude? Unlikely. Harvard never gets credit for what they selflessly do for their neighbors and fellow citizens. Look at how many voters criticize Harvard's gift to the nation, the current President. People never let a good deed go unpunished.

The below images captured at about 8:00 AM on Tuesday May 1, 2012, show the courtyard inside of 85 Prescott Street. The new concrete floor is almost completely covered with water. That is before the rain began on that day, when there was no rain for several days. It is not clear if the water is from a previous rain, or if Harvard is generating the necessary water for the mosquito breeding farm from within the building, using secret underground sources. If from a previous rain it should have evaporated by now.

It is difficult to speak with Harvard employees. Like Harvard students they believe they are superior morally and intellectually to non Harvard affiliates. Even though almost all of the tenants are students, faculty and staff, the real estate people, who never err, show little respect for these captive residents. One property manager asked me, "Why are you the only one?" I had no clue what he meant. Was I the only one who was loved, hated, being harassed by local police, campus cops and crime families? Who knows what lurks in the mind of this skeptic?

For those who prefer mosquito free life in the foggy Cambridge air, this is for your information. Fight the power.

Before renovations, there was a screen on this window overlooking the courtyard. Harvard removed the screen to facilitate easier access to the halls for any mosquitos bred in this area.

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