Stop, Collaborate, and Listen: Developing Relationships in New England College Towns.
Abstract: College towns are a unique and attractive type of place, and they
face an array of challenges specific to their circumstances. A high density of college
students can cause behavior-related problems, and university developments can alienate
non-student neighbors. Proposed mixed-use developments in the New England college towns of
Amherst, Massachusetts and Storrs, Connecticut highlight ... read morethese challenges by focusing on
the area between the campus and the town center. In Amherst, the Gateway Corridor inspires
vocal protest from residential neighbors who do not trust the town and worry about
increasingly difficult student behavior. In Storrs, the creation of a downtown from scratch
demonstrates how these challenges can be overcome through patient outreach and
collaborative problem-solving. This thesis explores how the planning process was managed in
each situation, and how participants in the development processes have viewed them.
Finally, it makes recommendations for Amherst and other such processes in the
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Barbara Parmenter.
Committee: Justin Hollander.
Keyword: Urban planning.read less