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University of Maryland students march on campus in College Park, Md., on Oct. 15 to protest a planned development that will bring affordable graduate student housing to campus but destroy about a thousand trees.
University of Maryland students march on campus in College Park, Md., on Oct. 15 to protest a planned development that will bring affordable graduate student housing to campus but destroy about a thousand trees. (Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post)

The Nov. 7 Local Opinions essay by University of Maryland at College Park professors, “U-Md. should preserve its urban forest,” did not include the fact that the university has acres of impermeable parking lots that could be condensed to a garage to accommodate housing, as well as large areas of useless grass abutting Route 1, where housing would conform with buildings in both directions. 

The need for more housing is perplexing, though, considering the hundreds of new and under-construction condominiums and townhouses in College Park and Riverdale. Perhaps the answer would be revealed by following the money — clearly not the environment. 

Jayson Amster, University Park

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