Monday, June 05, 2006
Universities and Redevelopment
First, thanks for inviting me back. My last PrawfsBlawg visit was interrupted by a stay in the pediatrics ward with my one-year-old. (Dehydration -- I am bad at Pedialyte.) I appreciate the second chance!
Now for substance: Ilya Somin (Volokh Conspiracy) and Ben Barros (PropertyProf Blog) have posts about
Many universities have – or would like to – redevelop surrounding areas. Notre Dame, where I teach, is working closely with residents of the neighborhood immediately to the south on a redevelopment project. ND would like to develop the area as a mixed-use “college town,” with houses, townhouses and small businesses. The non-university-affiliated neighbors (who are mostly working class and African-American) are deeply skeptical. They worry about gentrification, and, more importantly, an influx of students into the neighborhood. I live in the neighborhood, and I think the plans have much to recommend them.
These disputes highlight the different aesthetics, and, more importantly, different priorities among elites and “regular people.” I would like to see ND remake my neighborhood into a new-urbanist enclave. (The university is the largest landowner in the area, so it can probably do this without asking the neighbors’ permission.) But, a previous generation of planners thought they knew what was best for working class neighborhoods too – and gave us high-rise public housing and urban renewal. Now, we tell ourselves that we’ve absorbed the lessons of the past. Are the objections of the townies irrational – or are they a commonsense warning to proceed with caution, not hubris?
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» Town-Gown Conflicts over Property Use: from The Volokh Conspiracy
Notre Dame property law professor Nicole Garnett has an interesting post on the town-gown conflict over neighborhood redevelopment in her ho... [Read More]
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» But what are they actually wanting to do? from City Comforts, the blog
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This is a pretty fascinating post. I wrote somewhat extensively -- working from a personal experience -- about other possible ramifications (such as overly-aggressive policing) over on Volokh.
But it occasions another question. What legal structures should be in place to ensure that such development proceeds with some form of a fair, democratic process for the stakeholders involved? It seems this sort of a process would allow for proceeding with "caution".
Posted by: David Eads | Jun 6, 2006 2:51:25 AM
But what is the ND plan? Please see my comments at Volokh.
Posted by: David Sucher | Jun 6, 2006 11:21:44 AM