Real life doesn’t have midterms. This past Tuesday, the Coalition to Preserve Community protested outside Columbia’s Harlem employment information center, chanting slogans such as “Harlem: Not for Sale” and “Floridita: Not for Sale.”
Videos from this protest of about fifty people, including Columbia students, were posted today, and you can see Floridita owner Ramon Diaz speak below. In the video, he emphasizes whom they are protesting: “Not the students, not the faculty, not the workers,” but rather a “small group” of people associated with Columbia’s real estate.
It just seems like these small group of people can’t make everyone happy, with the ongoing Manhattanville dispute and recent accusations of getting preferential treatment for a planned Baker Field expansion. At least some proposed expansions might look swanky.