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UNCW cleared to begin housing construction

UNC Wilmington has the OK to begin construction on its controversial housing project today. Students have fought against the construction which will clear about 13 acres of the campus Longleaf Pine Forest. They lost their push for a temporary restraining order on Monday. An attorney representing the school said UNCW was under deadline to finish the apartments in time for students returning in the fall. The opponents still can file for a preliminary injunction but that won't likely happen until next week.

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goodbye trails

For those who think this is just about being tree lovers, you apparently have never seen these woods. There are great hiking and biking trails that are constantly in use by people who don't consider excercise to be walking to the car to go get fast food. It's an area you can forget you are surrounded by concrete. Yes, the university is growing, but they could have thought of other options. What's next, for the residents on Rose Ave. to sell for the greater good? If you haven't been to these trails, you should give it a try before they are gone.

the school is growing, and

the school is growing, and whether people like it or not, cutting down trees usually comes along with growth. maybe some of the people who are taking the issue to the extreme need to go live in the woods in a tent and mind their business.

Why can't they grow UP

Why spread out everywhere, with short dormitories of three or four floors? Why not ten or twelve story aprtment buildings. Start growing UP instead of OUT. Spend a bit more and you don't have to destroy every tree in sight. You actually CAN have growth and nature at the same time.

UNCW Housing

Come on, tree lovers, UNCW has to grow. They have both the space to grow and the need to grow. Trees are a renewable resource! More trees can be planted in available open spaces -- perhaps in the back yards of those who are opposed to UNCW's growth on land that was given so that Wilmington could have a world class university. That way UNCW can grow as it needs to do, and those who are opposed to the growth can have trees to admire.

It's a shame that there is

It's a shame that there is only 3% of indigenous longleaf pines left in n.c. Minus of course another 13 acres. If they were cute,fuzzy, animals people might care more. N.C. is becoming a southern version of new jersey, a concrete jungle.