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Posted on 01.23.09
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  • Posted on 01.23.09

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.