This is a great 10 minute video of a panel discussion from The Municipal Art Society and the Rockefeller Foundation exhibit on "Jane Jacobs and the Future of New York"
Judith Rodin explains 4 reasons why UPenn played a critical role in Philadelphia:
- Universities are engines of economic development and have the capacity to stimulate the economy in a way that has the potential to be a "win-win"
- Many urban universities have played a role in the destruction of the neighborhoods around them
- Universities have great capacity (faculty, students) to be partners with communities and yet universities are often the 4,000 pound gorilla exercising their interests in a way that is not always neighborhood-friendly.
- If we are training our students to be the leaders of the future we need to teach them to be great citizens.
Presidents from NYU and Columbia, James Traub from the New York Times ("universities have deeper obligations and we should hold them to a higher standard when it comes to issues like relationships with the surrounding community"), and others talk about the role of universities and their expansion. One questioner strongly challenges Columbia's Lee Bollinger.