"The message to all universities is clear: Your
time for leadership has arrived; being a constructive, good neighbor
isn’t fluff — it’s absolutely critical," writes syndicated columnist
Pierce’s column on the value of creating ties between town and gown, which appeared in The Seattle Times and on the National Academy of Public Administration website, outlines many Penn community engagement programs and links them to positive changes in the neighborhood of West Philadelphia. While some residents of West Philly may take issue with Pierce’s stand and Rodin’s actions, both the column and Rodin’s book continue much needed debate on vital urban issues.