Thursday, June 21, 2007

Columbia Compromised

In yesterday's Crain's In$ider the newsletter reported on the fact that when the CPC certified the Columbia expansion plan this week, they also certified the CB's 197-A plan, a "community-friendly alternative..." Crain's, however, remarks on the fact the this alternative vision would severely truncate the university's expansion effort and gives it little chance therefore of being adopted.

Well, while its true that the community's plan would only give the university about 13% of the acreage it says that it needs for expansion, it is also true that a compromise proposal could incorporate aspects of both plans. There is no compelling reason, absent avarice, to simply turn the entire 18 acre parcel over to Columbia.