I read with interest your editorial of Sept. 20, entitled “Now is the Time to Focus on the Future.” I would respectfully disagree with your conclusion that the City of Vincennes and its residents should embrace Vincennes University's plan to demolish four square blocks of the Vincennes Historic District to build “off-campus housing.”
While I can appreciate Vincennes University's concern that its enrollment has decreased for four consecutive years, I don't believe that it makes senses to trade “off-campus housing” units for decent and contributing structures in our community like the residence at 617 N. First St. “If we build it, they will come” might have worked for Kevin Costner in “Field of Dreams,” but there is absolutely no guarantee that building more off-campus housing units will improve the enrollment at Vincennes University. Has anyone considered what the housing units at the “French Village” will look like in 10 years? How about 20? Has anyone taken a drive lately by “off-campus housing” units that already exist?