MIT and the Kendall Square innovation district, redux

An interesting assertion about the federal government's fundamental role in the development of the innovation district in Kendall Square ...
Since MIT had the oldest and most distinguished electrical engineering department in America, yet much less money than Ivy League universities, the institute was much more open to conduct contract research wth the government or with private firms. Such contractural co-operation created the basis for the exponential growth of the institute from federal funding during World War Two and the Cold War. 
(from a 2013 masters thesis in urban planning about Kendall Square)

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