PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Amid complaints from residents that students are running amok, the city councilman representing the neighborhood around Temple University wants to expand the area in which student housing is prohibited.
Wednesday saw a community meeting in North Philadelphia in which residents complained about Temple students partying in the streets and destroying their property (see related story). So Thursday saw Councilman Darrell Clarke introduce another plan to reign in the chaos.
“Tires were slashed. Banging on individuals’ windows, confrontations in the middle of the street between residents and students: it’s gotten to the point where enough is enough and we are going to have to get a handle in a very aggressive way.”
He says he’s been hearing a lot of complaints from his constituents, “There’s no management for the student housing. There’s no oversight for the student housing. And the challenges that we’ve had in our community have gotten to the point where I think we’ve oversaturated that particular neighborhood.”
Clarke’s proposal would triple the size of the current zone in which student housing is prohibited. Owner occupied student housing would be allowed. The issue will be debated in a committee hearing later this fall.
An aide to Clarke says existing off campus housing in the affected area would be grandfathered. A spokesman for Temple University says the school expects students to be good residents of the city of Philadelphia. He notes that the school is building a 1,300 bed residential complex to boost the number of students who would live on campus. That will open in two years.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060