“It is most likely going to make crossing safer, but I don’t think that it is necessary to close the street. For as integrated as Clark likes to be in the community, the closure will make the school enclosed and will make the campus seem even more like a bubble,” says senior Hannah Cox.
Clark is set to part with close to $2 million for this project, $1.5 million of which is to be used for renovations to University Park. When told of how much the closure will cost, students had a strong reaction.
“I would hope that every alternative was looked into before the supposed $2 million was spent. That money could’ve gone to a lot of financial aid,” says freshmen Liam Kelly Fleming.
I have a few quibbles with the article — Clark hasn’t closed Downing Street, the city has; the project is still technically in review; and at least part of the money they will pay every year ($75,000) they were already paying in property tax. But it’s still well worth reading.