Imagine that the government intends to build a new university. Would your town be a good place to build the university? Why, or why not? Compare the advantages with the disadvantages of having a new university in your town

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Imagine that the government intends to build a new university. Would your town be a good place to build the university? Why, or why not? Compare the advantages with the disadvantages of having a new university in your town. Use specific examples and reasons to explain your answer.

Most communities probably would be eager to have a new university. My view is just the opposite. I would be reluctant to have a new university built in my community, for several reasons.

A university would attract thousands of students and faculty. The increased population would require municipal services. Someone must pay for those services through increased taxes. If the university’s property is tax-exempt. as it most likely would be, then local property owners would have to pay higher taxes.

Students would require housing. The demand for apartments would rise, and so would rents. Prices in general would rise as well, because students have money to spend, and local merchants would raise prices to take advantage of them. Local residents then would have a higher cost of living.

Student behavior is another problem. Students drink heavily. They can be destructive. They make a lot of noise. In short, they are not necessarily assets to a community. They might make their university a liability to that community.

Some people, such as landlords and merchants, would probably benefit from a new university. The rest of the community, however, would not. As for the “cultural opportunities” which a university provides, those same opportunities are available through other sources, such as cable television. In short, the community has little or nothing to gain from a new university, and much to lose.

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