Author Topic: Downtown to connect community, Stony Brook University - Plans Stages  (Read 367 times)

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A Downtown plan has been announced for 25A in proximity of the Long Island Rail Road station. This would benefit the Stony Brook community a ton.

Here is a release by north shore of long island:

http://www.northshoreoflongisland.com/Articles-News-i-2012-09-06-93647.112114-sub-Downtown-to-connect-community-Stony-Brook-University.html

This would bring a lot of positives and is one of the things that the University needs the most. This would be awesome for the University in all ways and also for the community. In the long run, this can open the doors for big time football!

(Uconn is doing something similar - the brand new Storrs Center)
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Everything a Stony Brook Fan Needs:

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WUSB.FM Radio & Sports Blog: http://sbradiosports.blogspot.com/

Official Site: http://www.stonybrookathletics.com/


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This f'cking community really hates Stony Brook University. I wish our University could be transplanted to another location. God sakes... Just look at the comments some of them even discriminatory in nature. Just about all of them are negative comments

How about they work together and look at the positive aspects of such a great project. This is going to happen sooner or later so why not do it the right way...
« Last Edit: February 04, 2013, 06:42:45 pm by ecasadoSBU »
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Just read through some of the comments and you are right... most are very negative! I would assume a college town would be much more vibrant, right?

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This f'cking community really hates Stony Brook University. I wish our University could be transplanted to another location. God sakes... Just look at the comments some of them even discriminatory in nature. Just about all of them are negative comments

How about they work together and look at the positive aspects of such a great project. This is going to happen or sooner of later so why not do it the right way...
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 l read all the comment also ecasadoSBU and I had to bite my tongue..  I really would like to respond to some of them but can't. I live very close to University and a lot of my work is in the Stony brook Setauket area. With that said, I am all in favor of the 25a expansion and revitalize the surrounding area of the train station and shops. it's long over do..

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I don't live in the campus area or even on LI for that matter, but I don't think this issue is worth sweating. Especially now that the sports teams are winning and with the student rec center, the campus itself has so much going on that not having an off-campus "college town" doesn't  seem like a big deal to me (or to the past "student" in me). Just sayin' :}
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and where there's growth, there's growing pains.  think about it- we never really had much problems like this before because we were never in a growth period like this.  campus construction.  quality of students increasing.  enrollment up.  applications up.  athletics having a golden era.  a different kind of student now attends SB than only 10 years ago.

with that said, sure i see why people are upset, they are protecting their interests.  but my interest, like yours, is for SB to get bigger and better every day. 

ive always thought SB was kind of a bit like villanova in the sense that its in an upscale suburb, that will try to prevent student housing, too expensive for kids to rent, so they stay on campus, the college town stalls or is non existent, etc.  In some ways, SB's college town is a few miles down the road in port jeff- unfortunately.
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Chairman, I personally don't link "bigger" with "better" when it comes to university size. SBU sits at around 25,000. Compare that to University of Virginia at 21,000. If you've ever been on that campus, you would be impressed with how everything is so accessible...yet UVA has an academic reputation that SBU can only dream of at this point. Sure, there's bigger, AND there's better....but they don't necessarily go together. At some point bigness can actually diminish the student (and alumnus) experience.

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You do have a point ry1nik. For athletics it makes a lot of sense to be bigger but for academics that's not always the case. Quality of education can be raised without the need for expansion. We can get more research funds with better professors but that doesn't really require expansion. The only real positive I see for expansion is alumni support in terms of Donations and backing up athletics.

But for a State University it can get difficult to get more funding without increased enrollment. Especially in New York where funding is not easy to come by for SUNYs. The University of Virginia is more the exception than the rule and most state university are choosing to grow (UConn, PennState, Florida, Michigan, UCLA, UC Berkley). If we are going to keep growing, it needs to be done the right way to avoid diluting the quality of education.

I personally want SBU to settle at the 30-35k mark and to become 60-80% residential in the future
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People will resist change even if it turns out ot be positive in the end. I think this project will move forward  and be  vast improvement to the area . Just need some salesmanship now.

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Chairman, I personally don't link "bigger" with "better" when it comes to university size. SBU sits at around 25,000. Compare that to University of Virginia at 21,000. If you've ever been on that campus, you would be impressed with how everything is so accessible...yet UVA has an academic reputation that SBU can only dream of at this point. Sure, there's bigger, AND there's better....but they don't necessarily go together. At some point bigness can actually diminish the student (and alumnus) experience.

sorry- i didnt mean larger, i meant bigger in stature, more visible, etc.  I do like UVa's campus and was just about to start a new thread about what can SB do, like UVa does, to make the campus better and more accessible?  I think UVa does a lot things right.
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Something to consider is that their are "Stony Brook Village" residents, and then "Stony Brook" residents.  Most of the folks replying in those articles are older, and don't want their area being ruined by college students.  Lets be honest here, most of them are reading it as "oh no, my property values are going to decline as bars and hooligans invade my lovely little hamlet".

About 15 years ago, we had the same problem in Port Jefferson regarding a McDonalds.  The exact sky-is-falling vitriol was spewed then, because the community was going to collapse with the introduction of, *gasp*, fast food!

Much like most of the internet, I think we're seeing 90% of the noise coming from 10% of the people.
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