Maybe it’s sign of economic recovery. Maybe it’s just talk.

But after suspending many of its ambitious Allston development plans following the 2008 Wall Street collapse, Harvard is once again showing signs of resuming construction projects in the Boston neighborhood. First up: Construction of a “Harvard Square-like” retail center at the corner of Western Avenue and North Harvard Street, also known as “Barry’s Corner.”

The plan includes new rental housing units, presumably for Harvard grad students.

Neighbors are rightly suspicious. They’ve heard it all before. But sooner or later the university has to find a way to make use for all the Allston properties it gobbled up in recent decades.

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