Earlier today, we ran a post about the general sentiment that the Citizens Association of Georgetown and residents feel toward the 2010 Campus Plan draft that the University presented in November, as shown in the first public meeting about the plan ever to discuss a coherent strategy to combat it.
For the sake of brevity—and it was still kind of a monster post—we isolated a presentation that CAG Vice President Gianluca Pivato, of “fuck off” fame, gave about the information CAG compiled when it researched the impact of students on the neighborhood.
It’s town-gown tensions by the numbers.
Pivato demonstrated the impact students living in Georgetown and Burleith have had on the neighborhood in terms of the space they take up, the trash they generate, and the 911 calls and arrests they invite. Pivato was clearly going for shock factor, and he got it, most of all with a Google Map which boasted a red marker for every undergraduate household in Burleith and Georgetown, and a blue one for every graduate student household. With more than 400 markers total appearing on the screen, the map elicited a gasp from the audience.
According to Pivato, who based his numbers on what seemed like thorough research through neighborhood listservs and city-reported statistics, the neighborhoods around the University could be described in terms of …
… the number of students currently living in Burleith and West and East Georgetown, and the number of houses they occupy. Currently, 1,109 graduate students live in the area, and Pivato and his team were able to confirm that they live in at least 79 houses, which they except to rise to at least 124 houses when their enrollment numbers increase. “[This] will considerable displace undergraduates” further into the community, he said. Undergraduates living in Georgetown and Burleith number 1,305 and occupy over 350 houses.
… the number of trash violations from student houses that neighbors report. From September to December of 2009, trash violations that CAG could definitely link to different student houses numbered 108, or 27 per month. All of Georgetown typically sees 41 violations per month.
… the number of 911 calls neighbors make about students to MPD. From September to December of 2009, four blocks of O Street alone racked up 117 calls for disorderly conduct. Neighbors made 1,650 calls to 911 for disorderly student conduct since the neighborhood began collecting information on calls over a year ago. Nine students were arrested in the four-month time span, although this number includes 61D citations that do not involve physical arrest.
… the number of sanctions students received from the Off-Campus Student Life, 123.
Pivato also mapped 911 calls over four months by region, too. One block in Burleith just off campus racked up 95 calls. A block of Prospect Street racked up 75 calls.
“I think this under-represents the real problem …. Neighbors don’t always call 911.”
CAG’s goal is to catalog every student house in Burleith and Georgetown—they’re sure they’re undercounting. A Burleith resident who belongs to the Burleith Citizens Association told CAG presenters on Monday night that help was on the way.
“We are organizing too. You’re not alone in your efforts. We’re going block by block by block and house by house and documenting which houses belong to graduate students and undergraduate students,” she said.