- Aug 27, 2011
The Mansfield NIMBY's aren't just a little bit hostile, they hate the school and the students. They have undermined and attacked the school every chance they get. At some point it the state needs to question whether it is worth it for the school and the state to invest in an area where there is widespread opposition to that investment.Hartford is dead. Nobody wants a fully urban UConn campus. I wouldn't have gone there if it was in Harford. You want a city school go to Trinity, BU or Fordham or something. Hartford proper doesn't even have the land to create a campus like U Washington or U Minnesota have in the city.
You're thinking backwards. Turn Storrs into an economic engine. Develop it to the max. Screw Mansfield NIMBYs, the state should override and create development zones everywhere around there, and update the connection to 84. Turn it into a proper college town, one people who graduate from want to stay in. UConn health center should have been built at the junction of 44 and 195. Build in mixed use retail and office buildings. Give some big biotech companies huge tax breaks to locate there. Turn it into something more like Lawrence, KS or Chapel Hill, NC.
Storrs is in the middle of nowhere. It is almost 15 miles from the closest highway down a 2 lane road. There is nothing for at least 20 miles east, north or south of the campus. The closest big town, Manchester, is 18 miles to the west. Why would a state that is bleeding money spend a nickel on investing more money into Storrs.
We all know how this is going to end if UConn continues on its current path. UConn will become a shell of its former self as state subsidies dry up, Hartford will die once and for all, and the athletic program will become UMass. That outcome is as sure as the sun will rise in the east and summer will follow spring. The state has to solve multiple problems at once, and the fact that some of us liked going to college in an isolated, rural campus is not a good reason to follow a strategy that is guaranteed to fail.