Another link is to "When the Gown Devours the Town" that discusses a recent panel discussion in New York on the subject of "When the Big Get Bigger: New York’s Universities and Their Neighborhoods". Judith Rodin was a speaker at this forum and this excerpt gives a glimpse into what happened at Penn during her tenure.
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In Penn’s case, the university ultimately spent or obtained hundreds of millions of dollars for programs to improve public safety, support retailers and other small businesses, build housing and improve public schools.
“I have to be candid,” Dr. Rodin said. “There were many times in which faculty legitimately said to me during this process: ‘Why are you building a supermarket? We need five more positions in the English Department.’ And that is a very real and very honest tension within.”