March 8, 2012

Heartbreak in the making

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The university has a new construction project underway — as it usually does, being, like many schools, in a constant process of building and rebuilding, so as to attract students with all the best and shiniest things. At any rate, today I learned that the next phase may involve taking out the line of trees between the parking garage and the wall that runs alongside Prospect Street. To me, this possibility is tragic — it’s not much of a space, maybe, but I love it, the cool shade, the peace and stillness, the gorgeous patchwork of moss.

The irony is that the new building will be a center for energy and the environment. It’s designed with all kinds of greenness, and good things will probably come out of the research that goes on there. And maybe I’ll come to love the new gardens as much or more than the alley. (“The gardens give the site a ‘porosity’ or openness that invites people to enter, meet and collaborate,” says one of the architects. “Within the building you’ll always be moving from garden to garden, from light to light.”) But right now, I’m hoping that my little sanctuary of trees and moss somehow survives.

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