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ERIC Number: EJ792495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6405
Progressive Approaches to University-Community Relations: The Town-Gown Story in Burlington
Clavelle, Peter
Connection: New England's Journal of Higher Education and Economic Development, v15 n3 p19-20 Win 2001
The City of Burlington (population 40,000) is home to the University of Vermont (UVM), Champlain College and Burlington College. UVM alone enrolls some 7,300 undergraduate students and almost 9,000 students overall. With the university just a half-mile up the hill from the city center, Burlington's urban amenities--its arts and culture, restaurants, coffee houses and retail outlets--are within easy reach of the campus. UVM students have a significant, positive impact on the local economy. At the same time, students have had a profound effect on rental housing availability, rent levels and noise in the neighborhoods adjacent to downtown and the university. City concerns about student pressure on the rental housing market, on neighborhoods, and on traffic and parking congestion peaked in the late 1980s as UVM's enrollment grew dramatically. Burlington attempted to encourage and cajole the university into mitigating some of the impacts of its burgeoning student body--without success. By March 1990, the city and the university had entered into an agreement to address a range of housing, parking and traffic issues. While UVM-city relations have been at times contentious, they have made progress in the recent past. Last year, UVM, under President Judith Ramaley, reached an agreement with the city that addresses the three most difficult challenges affecting town-gown relations: (1) on-campus housing; (2) off-campus student behavior; and (3) UVM's land-use policies. In little more than a decade, town-gown relations in Burlington have been transformed from a contentious standstill to dynamic collaboration.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Vermont