I was back at Lindenwood University’s downtown campus yesterday, this time for its grand opening. Having Lindenwood in that neighborhood where thousands of new residents have moved in past six years is a very important element of an urban lifestyle. More people are moving into the City for the first time in 50 years. They are asking for a lifestyle that involves walkable neighborhoods, a diverse population, street energy, and access to good ideas.
Can a small campus like this make a difference in a big city like St. Louis?
I was in Washington, DC, earlier this week for Barack Obama’s inauguration. I cannot tell you how moved I was by the occasion, by the crowd, and by his message. The commentators were quick to remind us of his words: "One voice can change a room. And if a voice can change a room, it can change a city. And if it can change a city, it can change a state. And if it can change a state, it can change a nation. And if it can change a nation, it can change the world."
Lindenwood is going to be a voice that changes its neighborhood and its new city particularly when they get involved in charter schools. (Did you know that Lindenwood has graduated a sizable percentage of the region’s top school administrators?)
I am glad they’re here.