Grumpy neighbor blogs, isn’t happy to see us

Move-in time is a rather stressful period for everyone, but some of us handle it better than others.  One neighbor who’s not quite enthused by Georgetown students’ return?  “Alison,” the author of the blog Holden It Together.

In a Saturday post she welcomed us back a list of expectations, starting with this:

1) If it is at all possible, it would be lovely if you could keep your used condoms and your underwear out of my tree.

She goes on to explain that she will respectfully wait until 2 a.m. to call the police about parties, will not be amused if you throw up on her steps and would appreciate us taking care of our trash.

Overall, a fairly reasonable list of requests.  But then the next day, she launched into a full-on tirade about how lazy, entitled and sweaty we all are:

Returning from my run this morning, my little slice of quiet historic DC heaven has been taken over quite literally by an army of parents carrying load after load of crap from their respective mini-vans with mid-western plates into the neighboring houses …

The actual students are standing around chatting and drinking $5 coffee … I also refrain from asking [from asking one mother for her] email addresses to send pictures of their daughters’ multiple night time visitors and panties that will inevitably end up off of their bodies and somewhere in my neighborhood …

The international students won’t arrive until the very last minute, sending their “people” to set up their houses and purchase their books.  It is a wonder how they survive the school year alone, but they must have learned to wipe themselves and order in.

Inert and inept as we may be when it comes to moving, there are a few things we’re capable of, according to Alison: throwing obnoxious parties, making crime rates increase, and waging war against residents.

Nice to meet you, too, neighbor!

15 Comments on “Grumpy neighbor blogs, isn’t happy to see us

  1. The University predates this “quiet historic DC heaven.” School first, townhomes second.

    Look who didn’t get in.

  2. You know, I would be pretty upset if year after year after year, students were moving in and inconsiderate. We really should TRY to be conscious of our effect on neighbors. It’s part of being a grown up.

    Having said that, maybe this resident shouldn’t have picked to live next to a university.

  3. I agree with Alex. The University might have predated the Georgetown neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean that residents have any less right to be there.

    You can have parties, but you should try to keep them civil and inside. Don’t let your trash build up because it’s disgusting and attracts bugs. The neighbors – usually – don’t have outlandish requests regarding noise and cleanliness, so just try to be grown up about it. Then, when they DO make ridiculous requests about GUTS bus routes and such, you can call them out on it in the context of having respected some of their more reasonable requests.

  4. The whole “Georgetown U was here first” complaint is pretty illogical. First of all, the University didn’t predate the city of Georgetown. The school was founded almost 40 years after the town. Secondly, University students of the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries behaved themselves significantly different then students have over the last 30-40 years or so. Talk to someone who went to GU in the 50’s and they’ll tell you how much more sedate students were. Hell, in the 50’s there was a law against standing in a bar in the District. Standing! You had to sit down to drink.

    Finally, while the institution was here, you weren’t. You chose to come here. You chose to go to a school that would likely make you live off campus among cranky neighbors. If you get a ticket or whatever for throwing a party, you’ve got only one person to blame. If you wanted a completely consequence-free existence, you should’ve gone to a school in the middle of nowhere.

  5. 1) A lot of that early move-in trash is gone the next day given that the university picks it up for the first couple of weeks every day, taking note that there is a lot (particularly when we move into houses that have crappy old furniture we don’t need).

    2) Could she be any more insulting of international students? I mean, honestly? How shortsighted and bigoted can she sound?

  6. “Entitled Georgetown resident has a lot to say about entitled Georgetown students.”
    Perhaps all involved should just work a little harder at humility?

  7. This woman should meet Tom Wolfe. The part about a student’s panties ending up in her tree could have been lifted straight from “I Am Charlotte Simmons.”

  8. I’m just mad that comments don’t appear on that blog unless she approves them. I don’t think mine will get approved.

  9. The entire blog is her complaining about this and that. I think the best thing this woman could do is to move into the middle of the countryside so she will have no one to complain about but herself.

  10. Wow – I am THRILLED to have so many readers! And grateful that not everyone is a dissenter. Thank you for your attention!!

    Tim: I approve all comments, I get a fair amount of spam, but I am wondering which one yours is? They all were posted as anonymous…

    Adam: I think you are right, we should all work on humility.

    Again, thank you for the attention and I do hope you all have a good year.

  11. I have owned a business in Georgetown for a number of years, and Georgetown RESIDENTS have been nothing but a pain in my ass. I think the Georgetown students’ behavior and disruption is the residents’ punishment for being such A-Holes! Party on kids. :-)

  12. Unless your great great grandfather built your house in Georgetown, why the hell would you move anywhere near campus if you hate a college atmosphere?

    It doesn’t even matter if the school came before or after the neighborhood – the fact of the matter is you MOVED here, to an area you KNEW was filled with young adults, and you did it fairly recently. Unless you really are that old and settled here before the 60’s, which is when the Gtown population started to look and act the way it does now, there’s absolutely no reason for you to be upset with having rowdy neighbors. You should have done your damn research on how Gtown students act before you bought the house.

    Truthfully, as an out of school adult I’d never want to live in West Georgetown or the southern tip of Burleith – finding throw up on your lawn (even if it’s yours) is disgusting. But it’s also part of the deal, and if I did choose to live here I’d accept the conditions of that deal.

  13. I graduated from Georgetown in the last 10 years and just moved back to the neighborhood. This has nothing to do with who was there first – it is pretty much irrelevant. The issues are with how we choose to treat our neighbors and the environment we live in.

    Unfortunately there are a number of students who pee, shout, throw up, etc. on their neighbors yards in the early morning hours or leave out trash that attracts bugs and rats. I had a great time at Georgetown and partied like crazy but always tried to show some respect to GU’s neighbors. I knew I would not appreciate them peeing or throwing up on the walkways of henle, shouting and screaming as they ran down the hallways in copley (perhaps the night before a big exam), or piling up trash in front of my walkway or door in Village A. I also knew if they did this the university would have someone clean it up – unlike the GU residents who often times have to clean up their own messes.

    Also, I always operated under the assumption that if I wanted to be treated like an adult I should act like one (as much as I could as a college student) and also understand that there are consequences for my actions. DC has pretty clear laws regarding public drunkeness, urination, trash disposal, etc. More importantly though GU has close neighbors and treating them differently than you would hope to be treated yourself will result in them pursuing remedies through the government and the university – particularly when they are subject to the same restrictions and laws.

    As a final point, I understand that some of this comes with living near a college campus and I chose to move here but that does not mean that i cannot not have a reasonable expectation of maintaining a relationship of mutual respect with all of my neighbors. If my next door neighbor woke up every morning, walked to my front door, threw up on my door step, rang the doorbell, and walked away I would complain to the relevant authorities.

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