Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Penn to West Philly: McPenn-what? No, seriously… we didn’t hear what you said. Repeat it — McPenntri-what?

There are decidedly less Penn-haters out there these days — at least ones concerned with the school’s effect on its surrounding environs — now that it has become abundantly evident how positive that effect has been.

That said, we couldn’t help but notice a little bit of “we-told-you-so” in the University's release boasting about being one of the best urban neighbor universities in the country.
The University of Pennsylvania has been ranked second among the top 25 "Best Neighbor" urban colleges and universities in the nation, recognized for a strong, positive contribution to their communities.

These institutions, dubbed "Saviors of Our Cities," use strategic planning and their resources to dramatically strengthen the economy and quality of life of their neighboring communities…
[…]
Penn was the only Ivy League university recognized.
Always good to see Penn try to stick it to both local and national haters (What up Columbia? You still trying to buy half of Harlem? Bitches) in the same statement.

That takes tact.

Related:
Penn to all comers: Who wants some “McPenntrification” now? [UPenn]
McPenntrification? More like exemplary urban development [DP]

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