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Columbia's Development Battleground Now Looks Like This

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It's starting to feel like destruction week around here. On the menu today: Manhattanville, future home of Columbia University's massive and expensive expansion. Photographer Nathan Kensinger journeyed uptown for a photo essay on Columbia's demolition in the neighborhood. His view of the landscape:

The blocks condemned by the university's plan already feel desolate and abandoned. Huge vacant lots are filled with dirt, debris and heavy equipment. Emptied buildings are marked by the symbols of planned demolition. A sinkhole idles in the middle of an unused road, clogged with trash. Sidewalks are inaccessible, streets lined with barricades.

· The Demolition of Manhattanville [Nathan Kensinger]
· Manhattanville coverage [Curbed]

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