The impending scuffle over the 2010 Campus Plan has the residents of Georgetown chatting about how to keep the University from creeping into their neighborhood. Last week, local leader Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88) announced over the georgetowforum listserv that she had sent President John DeGioia a letter outlining their concerns with the 2010 Campus Plan.
More recently, a man who identified himself as a graduate of the Georgetown Medical School kicked off a curious debate about the prospect of moving the Medical School. Vox was pretty surprised at some of the suggestions neighbors made in response to the his e-mail, particularly those from a resident who we’ll identify by his initials, “RR”:
[RR]: “if the University moved the Medical School next to the Law School and the owner of the hospital moved it to North Capitol next to Gonzaga College HS, we wouldn’t have these growth problems into the neighborhoods and campus housing would be on site.”
Someone else told him that moving the Medical School probably wasn’t an option because of its location next to the Hospital, (“[t]he facility needs to be conjoined with the Med school for the purpose of clinical activities,” he wrote), but RR was undaunted:
“Then, how about moving it ALL to North Capitol St. to the site of where Sibley Hospital use to stand(next to Gonzaga) before it relocated to the ‘burbs?’”
“I think we need to be realistic in our approach,” another resident responded. “When dealing with the university we should be constructive. Additionally, Moving these two wonderful resources only hurts us as a community.”
“Ok. Here’s more realism: The convent at Visitation currently has15 or so residents. Soon the space will be too large to maintain. The University could purchase the facility for expansion. What’s not realistic is for the neighborhood to be steam rolled by the University for whatever it desires.”
Now, Vox knows that some of the concerns that neighbors have about the University are legitimate—noise, trash, public urination, etc. But thinking that dislodging an enormous chunk of our academic facilities and moving them across town is within the realm of Georgetown’s capabilities? Someone needs a reality check.
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