First Blush

Reflections and sightings from [almost] daily jogging at dawn

Monday, February 09, 2009

Sunrise 7:05: Construction continues


Some weeks back the female Dawn Jogger heard people in the community talking about Stanford's endowment taking such a hit that construction on campus was being halted. Her route only takes her by one major project, the John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Building, which will the the new home of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, "a non-partisan economic policy research organization designed to unite economists from a variety of entities within the university to analyze, discuss and debate current economic topics and issues." This morning it was light enough to see the building's progress, with construction continuing. It would have been ironic that the facilities for the people who are tasked with helping the nation's economy get out of this mess would have been further victims of it (even though they probably are in some way or another anyway).
Stanford's provost John Etchemendy later clarified the construction issue telling the Stanford Daily, "Any project that is currently underway is going to keep moving. Further, we will move forward with any project that is donor-supported project with a naming gift, because of donor's expectations." The new building is located where there was once a parking lot, notable in the Cassie and the the DJs used to cut across it...

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