Columbia University (Bad Neighbor)

What used to be a historic brownstone on 115thSt. between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Columbia University needed the space for something important. I’m sure it will be some towering, high tech, glass and steel job. In the meantime, a parking lot.

I like the statement in 2009 by a university spokesperson against the need to preserve Morningside Heights because the university “has long been a good steward of its valuable architectural legacy.”

Universities are corporations, only more two-faced and meritricious. Like a person, they have needs. I found the statement in this article from the NYT about Morningside. It was written prior to the demolition of the brownstones on 115th Street, the plans for which it mentions.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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