Opposition to the college book store move for 2009 is heating up. The Facebook group "Those Opposed to Barnes and Noble Coming to Raymond Ave/Collegeview Area" has been rapidly gaining members.
"The members of this group feel that more thought and consideration of the unique nature of the area should be bought into consideration before turning Raymond Ave. into yet another carbon copy shopping area," the group states.
It seems that the group's creator is not a Vassar student or alumnus, but a Poughkeepsie resident. Many of the group members are Poughkeepsie residents, as well.
It's a complicated issue and we're not sure where we stand. Wouldn't moving the bookstore get students off campus and therefore contribute to local businesses as opposed to taking away from them? And are all corporations really that bad?
UPDATE: Check out this post's comments for an exclusive and detailed explanation on the building project from Andrew Bennett, a member of the Special Committee on the Juliet and Arlington Bookstore.
UPDATE #2: A public forum regarding the issue will be held in UpC on April 2nd. Some urban studies majors are organizing the forum.