For Town & Gown, a Pandemic Pressure Test
Photo: Harry Haysom
Jack Stripling, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Tucked in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, Oneonta is a town of about 14,000 people, half of whom are students at either the State University of New York’s campus or Hartwick College. As in so many college towns, peace in Oneonta rests on subtle truces between year-round residents and students.
COVID-19 is putting those fragile compacts to a new and tougher test. This test comes at a critical moment, when the safety and long-term prosperity of both colleges and the towns they call home are acutely dependent on strong partnerships between local officials and campus leaders.