[yapc] A word of caution

Kenneth Swanson kswanson at watson.wustl.edu
Thu Jun 15 15:04:29 PDT 2006

On Thu, 2006-06-15 at 15:47 -0400, Anderson, Patrick wrote:
> I think it's more inertia than frugality.  I know my old school
> (Manhattan College) and our arch-rivals (Fordham University) both
> situated themselves in The Bronx back when The Bronx was "the country".
> I know my school moved out of Manhattan in 1927, around the same time as
> the NY Botanical Society creating the Botanical Gardens and the NY
> Zoological Society starting the Bronx Zoo.  Over time, the bad
> neighborhoods grew up around them.  
> I'd suspect that most of these urban universities were situated just
> outside of town when they were founded, and the town has grown to absorb
> them like a hyperactive amoeba.

Most likely.  My Dad actually attended IIT (about 50 years ago), and
he's said it wasn't really bad back then.  For the last 20 years, though
the reputation has been as noted on the list.  Fine to go directly to
the campus, but don't go wandering around, especially at night.

U of C is the same way, though the rumor I've heard is that the bad
neighborhood is deliberate, to encourage the students to stay indoors
and study...one reason why nobody at U of C has any fun, I've heard. :)


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