Drexel - Neighborhood Resistance
The resistance to Drexel's campus differed from that of Temple in that it involved two phases and two groups of residents.
The first phase came as the strip north of Market Street (known as Area V in the literature), though occupied, was alotted to Drexel for development as a residential area of its campus. Van Rensselaer dormitory, built in the 1930s, was the first purpose-built dormitory for Drexel and initiated the use of Powelton neighborhood as a reidential campus for the Institute. Neighbors living in Powelton Village banded together and hired their own planner, Walther Thabit, to propose an altrnative direction for incorporating campus housing into the neighborhood than that set forth by Drexel and its arechitects. The resulting document is the "Crisis in Powelton Village" report.