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Columbia's "community benefits agreement" is already paying dividends, says a report organized by the school. Among the pros: two-thirds of all workers on the expansion project are minorities, women, or locally hired; $24 million (of $150 million over "the coming decades") has already been paid out to community groups; two new affiliated schools; and medical/logistical services for neighborhood youths and the elderly. Nevertheless, many locals still fear skyrocketing rents and invasion of outsiders. [TRD via NYDN]