Ah, Corvallis, heart of the valley, you have had your heart broken by your own City Council and mayor.
The location of the proposed Oregon State University dormitory is not in my backyard. My backyard is north of Circle but my city's yard is next to this building. OSU's Steve Clark says this is a good site because it is near city services and shopping. It is near the much-used library, the small but mighty local Arts Center, and the city's park, host to Teddy Bear Picnics, community band concerts and fall festivals. OSU has available its own fine library, art galleries in several buildings and the green grass of the MU Quad. Corvallis merchants plead often for us to "shop locally." I wonder how much shopping dorm residents can do after paying for high tuition, costly textbooks and this dorm's rent. City residents may find the additional traffic less enticing for going downtown and students may just shop online.
This neighborhood is home to four longtime churches, all of them supportive of the city. In my 50 years in Corvallis multiple announcements have been made about yet another attempt by the city and university to solve the problem of university parking in residential neighborhoods but with little success, yet these two entities are now agreeing to add to the problem. Not only will there be more cars, but only 66 parking spaces made available for over 200 residents.
I enjoy many benefits of living in a "college town" and I applaud the building of additional student housing on campus. There is campus land available but OSU thinks you can just "swap" parcels of land with no consequences. For years, as good neighbors the volunteer Madison Avenue Task Force has worked to beautify the city street that leads to the entry gate to OSU. It doesn't look so beautiful now.
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Ah, Corvallis, my heart aches for you.
Corvallis (Oct. 21)