Group of alumni calls dorm plan ugly, starts online petition
Supplementing some heated debate on Vox comment threads, a group of alumni have started circulating a change.org petition to get Georgetown to reconsider building the dorm planned for Georgetown’s “Northeast Triangle”—the patch of green space across from Reiss Science building. The petition has 210 signatories as of this posting and seems to be gaining steam rapidly. While the Old Georgetown Board objected to various aspects of the University’s proposal, this group of alumni is wholly concerned with the look and location of the building:
“Students and alumni were unanimous in their opposition to the uninspired, Eastern Bloc-like proposal, completely incongruous with Georgetown’s rich architectural heritage, in addition to taking up one of the last remaining green spaces on campus. … We deserve to seek out architects that have experience with designing buildings in a spirit and style that matches Georgetown’s history, as seen in Healy, Old North and more, and not settle for another Darnall or New South out of expediency.”
They also provide some examples of building styles that they’d rather like to see—most of which resemble the faux-aged opulence the of Duke rather than the old grandeur of Healy Hall. Even though change.org petitions start up for every frivolous undertaking, supporters of this petition seem to have a chance at affecting the outcome. The University has some history of bowing at the weight of viral causes.
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