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Saint Louis University: Competition Answers Campus "What If ..."

Magazine article University Business

Saint Louis University: Competition Answers Campus "What If ..."

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52% of students displaced by Hurricane Katrina were not able to function normally for up to two months after the storm.--Southern Sociologist Society

IF EXECUTED, THE WINNING scheme in the fourth annual Urban Land Institute's student urban design competition would change the way Saint Louis University (Mo.) students interact with their surroundings. Teams from through out the nation were charged with designing a development site bordering SLU and the proposed Chouteau Greenway, a mixed-use development that will join two city parks. One reason a site abutting SLU was selected, notes university spokesman Clayton Berry, is the school's commitment to urban development; more than $500 million in improvements have been done since President Lawrence Biondi came on board in 1987.

* CHALLENGE: The 100-acre competition site in Midtown St. Louis is a somewhat underutilized light industrial zone that hasn't been kept up, Berry notes. It creates a physical barrier between two ends of SLU's campus. Currently, students must take a campus shuttle or public transportation between the northern side of campus (which includes the student center, housing, and most academic buildings) and the southern side of campus (which is mainly used by graduate and professional students enrolled in the medical school). …

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