Study targets St. Thomas housing

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 3, 2012 - 11:39 PM

School: Proposed off-campus rules should apply to other colleges, too.

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photogpatApr. 4, 1210:22 AM

So, when I was in school at St. Thomas and was a responsible "student tenant" in the neighborhood surrounding the school -- I unduly incurred the wrath of the neighborhood "Anti-St Thomas Advocate" who would regularly call the St Paul Police if she so much as glimpsed us through the house windows. Nevermind the mown lawn, trimmed hedges, painted shutters, respectful parking and low noise levels. Heaven forbid we decide to BBQ on the back patio some afternoon/evening, or play a quick game of frisbee in the front yard at 4pm. My neighbors from that area STILL send me xmas/birthday cards 12 years later - they loved us.

I put to the "neighborhood advocates", pushing for yet another ordinance aimed at "student housing", that you'll push out the good along with the bad...and simply expand the sprawl to adjoining blocks that have "low student rental density". The "bad apples" are existing properties with absentee landlords - these are "grandfathered in" according to this article.

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater here - your beef is with UST expanding beyond all belief for the last 10 years. Don't pick on the students.

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lowertwngalApr. 5, 1212:59 PM

St. Thomas was established in 1885, surely all of its neighbors knew they were buying a house near a college.

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