I just finished my MA at Villanova, so I was parking in that giant lot on an all-too-often basis, and there were nights that it was damn near impossible to find a spot in it. I'll never understand people who move next to a university, then complain when the university wants to get bigger...it's not like Villanova is a brand-new school; it's been there longer than you've owned your house.
And I agree with you- more dorm space= less kids living in people's neighborhoods, which you would think would be a good thing for neighbors. It's like night and day between this proposed expansion, and that of my undergrad alma matter: Rowan. Glassboro residents and Rowan students could have issues with each other, usually at off-campus parties, but overall, the university is all Glassboro has going for it. The expansion at Rowan took down a bunch of old, decaying housing stock (old low-income housing that had been converted to dorms and frat houses) and put up dorms, a hotel, and a new Barnes and Noble bookstore. The frats will probably find somewhere else to go, but now that there is more housing, there can be less commuters (freeing up traffic) and less off-campus living (making residents happy). There wasn't much disapproval from the Glassboro community, IIRC. Is that because Glassboro isn't as financially well-off as Villanova?
But I digress...I just find it interesting to see a really large overhaul (Rowan) get done with few naysayers, and a relatively small expansion (building on already-used property) get argued and debated so fiercely. And who could possibly be against building a pedestrian bridge? The light at Lancaster and Ithan is a long wait because it lets 1)Lancaster go 2) Ithan go 3) both stopped for pedestrian traffic. A bridge knocks out that extra, unnecessairy wait which would have to help traffic.
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