Expand Minds, Not the N.Y.U. Campus
Published: April 25, 2012

FOR much of the last decade, universities across the country have been spending many millions on construction projects, building grand new campuses to draw more students.

That national trend has a strong champion in New York University’s president, John Sexton, the driving force behind N.Y.U. 2031 — a plan for a huge expansion of the school’s Greenwich Village campus as well as additional buildings in other parts of the city, including downtown Brooklyn.

The project has roused fierce opposition in the Village, which has largely been belittled or ignored. In Mr. Sexton’s view, N.Y.U.’s angry neighbors just can’t see that “universities must grow to maintain excellence,” as he said recently. Newspaper editorials have dismissed the plan’s opponents as a small but loud minority of “Luddites” and “anti-building zealots.”

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