The University at Albany (SUNYA) has decided that building
sprawl-type dormitories surrounded by asphalt parking lots is
more important than Pine Bush preservation. In July, SUNYA began
bull-dozing 29 acres of Pine Bush located on the campus to make-way
for thoroughly modern sprawl.
Save the Pine Bush is horrified that the University would treat
the Pine Bush in such an arbitrary manner. The public was not
invited to comment on SUNYA’s plans, and getting copies of the
proposed plan took SPB six weeks. As far as Save the Pine Bush
can determine, no public hearings were held, no discussion of
alternatives were reviewed, and no plat plans were available
for viewing. People concerned about Pine Bush preservation were
There are many alternatives to constructing typical parking
lots and sprawl for student housing. SUNYA has a planning program,
it should have used that resource to design the new dormitories.
There are vast parking lots at SUNYA; 25 years ago when I attended
the University, these parking lots were empty. Why? Because
students rarely had cars on campus and the bus system was better
then that it is today. SUNYA needs to vastly improve the transportation
system and severely restrict the use of cars by students.
Appalled at what this institute of higher learning is doing?
Please write to Karen Hitchcock, President, University at Albany,
1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222.
Printed in the August, September, 2001 Newsletter