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November 7, 2007

"When the Big Get Bigger": the unresolved challenge of balancing town and gown

Atlantic Yards Report

Here's a condensed version of last night’s panel, When the Big Get Bigger: New York's Universities and Their Neighborhoods, part of the series associated with the Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York exhibition at the Municipal Art Society (MAS): 1. It’s much easier to mend town-gown relations in West Philadelphia than in West Harlem. 2. We’re not much closer to a solution about how to balance neighborhood impacts with the larger interests of the city and beyond. 3. When a poster child for bad urban development is needed, Atlantic Yards inevitably trips off the lips.

The contentious issue of Columbia University’s West Harlem expansion plan was the backdrop to the panel; though the issue didn’t overwhelm the discussion, several opponents of the plan were in the audience at Rockefeller University, and the 140 or so attendees, upon entrance, were handed a packet criticizing the plan prepared by the Coalition to Preserve Community.

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Posted by lumi at November 7, 2007 6:56 AM