Just sort of dumped on Columbia.
Oh, my. I looked it up and I see what you mean. The campus could probably benefit from tearing apart some of those streets, although since it's right in the middle of the city that would probably really screw up traffic patterns.
The best campus set-ups, I think, are ones that limit entrances by road and only have roadways where it's most essential. This reduces traffic, noise, and pollution, encourages walking and outdoor activity in general, and creates more green space. Looking at it, USC has none of these features. They just sort of plopped it down on top of the rest of the city's grid system.
I had no idea that the 'other' Carolina was that urban.