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An even more expensive but far better option than a pedestrian bridge over South Road would be an underpass for the cars.

When I was a graduate student at Harvard 60 years ago, the university had the same problem: Between classes, hundreds of students needed to cross one of Cambridge’s most heavily traveled city streets. I resolved that if I became rich I would endow an underpass.

Instead of becoming rich, I happily became a physics professor at UNC. But to my delight, a few years later, Harvard and the city found the funds to build an underpass, and students now traverse the street at level crossings safely.

Eugen Merzbacher
Professor Emeritus
Physics and Astronomy

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