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The Wooster Collective has photographs of wheatpastes from Columbia's Student Coalition on the Expansion and Gentrification that call attention, "in tongue and cheek fashion, Columbia's condemnation of Manhattanville as a 'blighted' neighborhood." Benign animals, explaining eminent domain in street art? That's gold!

This complements news about yesterday's SCEG protest on the Columbia campus. The group organized a rally with students and local residents to call Columbia's South Lawn "blighted" since dirty snow has been covering up a field used in fairer weather and therefore hasn't been "fully utilized." Community Board 9 member Vicky Gholson told students, "You should not be used as a tool by the administration of Columbia University. Do not separate yourself from this argument, from this fight."

Last week, the Observer had details on Columbia's negotiations with neighbors. And here's Columbia's website on Manhattanville planning.