Big Man Off Campus

Litt, Steven
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p42
Trade Publication
The article presents information on the revamping of college towns by various U.S. universities. In fall 2005, a non-profit development corporation chartered by the university and the city of Columbus will inaugurate the South Campus Gateway, a four-block residential and entertainment complex located at a key transition zone between the university and Weinland Park, one of the city's poorest neighborhoods. The $150 million, mixed-use development is part of a refreshing trend in U.S. cities. After decades of viewing themselves as special enclaves, colleges and universities are reaching across their boundaries to surrounding neighborhoods and building safe, inviting, mixed-use "college towns" aimed at luring the best and brightest faculty and students. Today, many academic institutions are partnering with cities, consulting with neighborhoods, forming citizen advisory groups, and embracing mixed-use developments that blur the edges of campus rather than impose hard boundaries. Campus Partners has launched a home ownership incentive program to encourage faculty and staff to live in neighborhoods nearby.


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