ERIC Number: EJ792555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Pomp and Whine: Can College Towns Keep the Sims Happy?
Born, Kathleen Leahy
Connection: The Journal of the New England Board of Higher Education, v19 n4 p16-18 Win 2005
Although other New England cities also reap the benefits of college and university presences, Cambridge is the quintessential "college town." It was with an uncomfortable appreciation for this value-added aspect of universities that the author, as a newly elected city councilor in 1993, found herself in the offices of a VP for government affairs at one of Cambridge's well-known universities to ostensibly discuss local unease over university plans to build numerous new facilities. While owing much prosperity to the universities, increasing housing costs began to make the city inaccessible to long-time residents, new development began to change to historic look and feel of the community, traffic choked city streets, and locally-owned establishments were replaced by national chain retailers. In this article, the author discusses the "pomp and whine" divide between the universities and elected officials in Cambridge with regard to major projects built in the city, and some calculated, but real, gestures from the universities to the city.
Descriptors: Taxes, Foreign Countries, City Government, College Faculty, Accountability, Higher Education, Educational Facilities, Housing, Costs, Construction (Process), Public Officials, School Community Relationship, Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts