Columbia prez Lee Bollinger has had some week! After that whole politics business, he finally got back to the chief topic at hand for the school: Columbia's invasion and occupation of West Harlem. At a press conference, Bollinger announced a deal with Manhattan borough president Scott Stringer on the 17-acre expansion plan, which calls on Columbia to donate millions to affordable housing and public spaces in the area. The plan still has to make it through the City Planning Commission and the City Council, but now that Mayor Bloomberg and other officials are on board and all the details except that pesky eminent domain businesss have been worked out, is it time to admit that Manhattanville should raise the white flag?
· Columbia Announces Deal on Its 17-Acre Expansion Plan [NYT]
· Mike Gives Boost to Columbia Expansion [NYP]
· Officials Boost Columbia Expansion [NYSun]