Friday, October 10, 2003

Preparing for the worst 

The newspaper today continues its coverage of the potential for riots during Homecoming. Continuing discussion of the three strikes rule that punishes landlords for their student-tenants' obnoxious behavior features the one guy Jerry who seems to be in all these articles. Turns out the fellow owns a bed-and-breakfast in the university neighborhood and finds he can't rent the place for Move-In and Homecoming weekends according to this second article. Again, moving to the nuisance.

According to the neighborhood group, 100 homes in the area have been converted to student housing from being homesteaded by families in the last five years. Looking at this graph, it's rather difficult to see how we can be the cause of that -- enrollments were stable from 1996 to 2000. And if parking concerns are to be believed (and there's Jerry again!), more students must be living outside the neighborhood than ever.