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    Officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have plans to renovate Harvard Square, but they do not include the Out of Town News stand. (Published Friday, Aug. 26, 2016)

    A major component to Harvard Square's appearance may be gone by the end of next year.

    Officials in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have plans to renovate the area -- but they do not include the Out of Town News stand.

    "I don't think they should displace the News itself," said Cambridge resident Arthur Hughes. "It's been there forever."

    Since 1984, the newsstand has occupied what used to be part of the subway station. It's given hundreds of college students jobs and opportunities to read news from around the world.

    "I like looking at the French and Spanish magazines," said resident Lizzy Guerrero.

    According to the Boston Globe, the move is part of a $15 million improvement plan for Harvard Square. The stand is rented out by the city of Cambridge, but people who shop at the kiosk are saying this move could phase out a piece of history.

    "It is kind of sad because been here as long as I've been here," said Harvard student Rachael Ieszenberg. "I live downtown, and I love downtown, so I come here quite often."

    "They're going to take away a lot of cutler that I know a lot of people read about," said Guerrero.

    The newsstand dates back to 1955, but it's up to Cambridge officials to let the public know if it will survive 2017.

    "It would just leave a void in Harvard Square that would take a while for people to get adjusted to," explained Boston University student Ramin Tadassori.


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