Photo by Aaron Webb.
Tonight, Georgetown University Hoyas will play their first round game in the Final Four tournament. But if you walk around Georgetown, you wouldn’t know it. (Well unless you walk by Prospect St. where a giant inflatable Jack looms overhead). Despite the presence of a major university right in its midst, Georgetown just doesn’t really feel like a college town.
GM went to college in a small upstate New York town. That was a college town. On fall weekends the whole town came down to watch our mediocre football team probably lose. On winter nights they’d huddle into our ice rink and watch our quite good hockey team probably win. It didn’t matter.
But that sort of relationship just doesn’t seem to exist here. Sure, there are parts of west Georgetown that are constantly buzzing with students, which might seem more college towny. But by the time you get over a few more blocks, you’d hardly think a school with thousands of students was right around the corner.
This can probably be explained by the fact that unlike a rural upstate New York town, Georgetown (the neighborhood) has a lot more around it than the school. GU may be a big fish, but DC is a pretty big pond.
It’s too bad really. It would be nice if there was a bit more esprit de corps between the neighborhood and the school. Maybe with the contentious campus plan behind us, and the blossoming of a productive relationship via the Georgetown Community Partnership, a stronger bond will form between the neighborhood and the school.
Well until then, go Hoyas.