This time, the critics were right.
We tried reporting on the Blight demonstration on South Lawn at noon today, which was a protest of Columbia’s lack of transparency in the expansion process and the potential use of eminent doman to obtain the last few properties in Manhattanville that Columbia needs to build its new satellite campus. In order to do that, a Columbia-funded study is underway to determine whether the area is “blighted,” which means the state can hand it to a private entity.
The actual story will be reported in the Spec in an hour or so–read up for what really happened (UPDATE: find it here). Our “story” failed to contextualize the quote, which our tipster overheard while walking by, and completely misrepresented the character of the protest. We also tried to insert snark by quoting a Columbia planning site. It wasn’t funny, and it wasn’t informative, and it made this Bwog editor feel pretty bad. So, kick us in the shins.