Comments on: The Worst Idea Georgetown’s Ever Had: Property edition http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/ Mon, 09 Nov 2015 02:04:23 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.10 By: Jonathan http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-483206 Thu, 19 Aug 2010 02:29:14 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-483206 I completely agree with the comment about the Mount Vernon Campus. It is significantly closer to Georgetown than it is to GW, and it was offered to Georgetown. When alumni gripe about bad financial decisions by GU, this one ALWAYS comes up.

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By: Vox Populi » The Worst Idea Georgetown’s Ever Had: Wild card edition http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-483044 Tue, 17 Aug 2010 20:27:20 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-483044 […] read some great ideas already, but we think you all can do even better. So tell us, what do you think is […]

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By: Ben Sinister http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482951 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 22:35:13 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482951 The Cloisters was not a failed property acquisition, it was a piece of land *given* to Visitation to expand their playing fields. The good sisters decided to sell it for a profit to developers.

The Car Barn was, however, a failed property acquisition; it is currently being leased for more than it would have cost to finance. Go GU!

And then of course the old public school near Booey’s, totally blanking on the name — purchased to become admin offices, neighborhood stomps feet, GU backs down and sells it for a song to condo developers. Yay neighborhood relations!

Lauinger, on the other hand, is a gorgeous piece of Brutalist architecture with amazing symmetries with Healy and the National Cathedral, and is not the type of thing to be appreciated by the artless narrow-minded Lacoste-wearing apparatchiks that make up the university’s undergrad population. I am sure some kind of gross overwrought arriviste collection of stone and spires would have been more appreciated.

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By: typical http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482895 Mon, 16 Aug 2010 13:11:08 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482895 The WGTB decision has got to be worse. Lauinger, while somewhat dysfunctional and ugly, does its job. WGTB was a thriving and popular student institution that the administration, instead of trying to work with, killed, not to mention did so at a $24,999,999 loss.

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By: Chelsea http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482860 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 19:47:47 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482860 Glad to see the story of WGTB given more publicity. It’s true that its heyday might be over, but the only way the current station will approach the former’s glory is to actually have listeners. There are some great shows (georgetownradio.com), and the kids working for the station also organize concerts that you should check out.

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By: 1984 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482844 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 14:23:06 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482844 Well, there was no crack in the 1970’s, but point taken: brutalist architecture was popular among critics in that era. No one around then will admit to it today, of course.

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By: Archives http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482821 Sun, 15 Aug 2010 03:47:24 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482821 Ask the Special Collections Department:

Georgetown actually got an AIA award for the design of Lauinger.

The AIA was clearly smoking crack in the 70s.

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By: dollars out of my pocket http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482797 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 14:41:26 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482797 Georgetown Univ is not about spending $, but about making $$$$$. $40,000 tuition (one of the nations highest), second highest room and board fees in the country.

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By: Conor http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482794 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 13:29:46 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482794 I’m afraid I must disagree with your last sentence Molly. Apart from selling the hospital, Georgetown has consistently failed to make good property decisions. One field that both of you fail to touch upon is land acquisition. Georgetown had the opportunity to buy two very large and close chunks of property, and failed both times. I am talking about the cloisters, and the now-GW Mt Vernon Campus. (see the article linked to in Alum’s comment). It is unbelievable that any university in an urban area would fail to buy land right outside its gates, especially for such a reasonable price. Imagine having enough dorms to house all the students (not that this would change much re: ANC), or better yet owning our own Basketball arena, but no; $4.5 million is too much for those dreams. That was the worst idea Georgetown ever had. Period.

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By: Eileen http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/2010/08/13/the-worst-idea-georgetowns-ever-had-property-edition/comment-page-1/#comment-482777 Sat, 14 Aug 2010 04:59:12 +0000 http://blog.georgetownvoice.com/?p=19553#comment-482777 God, Lauinger. We’re stuck with it now that it’s part of the historic skyline. STUCK WITH IT FOREVER, including those stupid pointy things at the top. True story, I was once in a class with a professor (whose name and even gender I will obscure for his/her protection), one rather familiar with art and architecture, who took the class over to the library one day and commented that the best views of campus were from the fifth floor windows, as it’s impossible to see Lauinger itself from them.

Every Blue & Gray tour guide makes jokes about the library. Every unofficial tour guide makes jokes about the library. Every student with a friend visiting makes jokes about the library. I once helped a lost grad student find his way about campus, and he made a joke about the library. Selling WGTB came at a huge financial loss, but at least it made sense. Lauinger’s architectural design makes no sense whatsoever.

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