Georgetown residents form two new groups to address town-gown issues
The West Village People: like this, but more concerned about trash and student noise
With the battle over Georgetown’s 2010 campus plan starting to heat up, a couple of new neighborhood groups have been formed to defend the interests of permanent residents, according to an article in the most recent edition of the Georgetown Current [PDF].
About three months ago, the “West Village People” group was formed as a way for permanent residents living close to the University to communicate their grievances.
Members send comments and complaints about the University and its students to firstname.lastname@example.org. The anonymous person behind the email account then removes all personal information from the complaint and sends it out to Georgetown’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission, the Citizen’s Association of Georgetown and sometimes the University.
More recently, CAG has formed a committee to deal specifically with “longstanding differences” between neighbors and GU, mostly “quality of life” issues like alcohol, noise and trash, as well as the 2010 campus plan.
More about the new committee’s plans after the jump!
Even though CAG already hires off-duty police officers and independent security officers to patrol the neighborhood at night, this new committee is pushing for the University to have GU’s Department of Public Safety patrol off-campus, too:
A solution long-requested by the association, said the committee’s Luca Pivato, is to send the university’s public-safety officers to patrol off-campus areas in order to counter late-night noise. The officers can’t arrest anyone outside campus boundaries, but they can call in offenses “so the residents don’t have to,” said Pivato …
The university has long said that such patrols would be illegal, said Pivato, but his new research uncovered nothing in city law that would prevent them. At a meeting yesterday, he said, university representatives said simply that “they preferred not to” patrol outside the school’s bounds.
On the issue of trash, the commission is pleased with the University’s recent decision to put in new dumpsters for students living on the 1400 block of 36th Street and the north side of the 3600 block of Prospect Street, but they’d like Georgetown to go further and pick up all student trash—both on- and off- campus.
As for the University’s 10 year plan, the residents interviewed by the Current vowed to provide some stalwart opposition:
And the university will certainly hear residents’ voices about the issues that matter most to them, promised Pivato. “You will see it escalating this year,” he said. “The residents are becoming more vocal and more aggressive—they’re fed up.”