Word that Texas A&M University at Galveston is partnering with a private group to build a 612-bed dormitory on Pelican Island set off the usual shock waves. People who develop real estate objected that the $55 million project would cut into the private market.
It’s much the same argument that critics of public housing have made. Students are generally low income. Some wags wondered whether anyone would sue, since this plan concentrates all these low-income people into an area north of Broadway, the traditional home to some of the island’s poorest neighborhoods.