In response to Georgetown University’s “misleading” point-by-point letter, the Citizens’ Association of Georgetown (CAG) published a letter of its own, titled “Setting the Record Straight.”
In the letter, CAG accuses the University of violating D.C. zoning laws by “[tolerating] poor, substandard housing conditions, trash and rats, and disorderly behavior by its students living off campus … [creating] an unjustified burden on the surrounding communities, city services, and on GU’s own students.”
CAG President Jennifer Altemus (COL ’88) believes that the University needs to listen to members of the surrounding community.
“It is wrong for them to think that the community can accommodate this onslaught,” Altemus wrote on a community listserv. “We are saturated. Adding more to this mix is a recipe for disaster.”
The letter continues, listing a number of “GU’s Claims,” followed by “Facts.” All the hotly-debated issues—graduate student enrollment, the definition of a “traditional” undergraduate student, on-campus housing, off-campus conduct, and air quality—made appearances.
Lenore Rubino, President of the Burleith Citizens’ Association (BCA), chimed in this morning to voice her support.
“The BCA supports CAG’s letter and continues to move forward in our efforts to preserve the community,” Rubino wrote in an email.
Let’s hope that the University files its plan with the D.C. Zoning Commission soon, because we’re not sure if Spiros Dimolitsas has it in him to respond to a response of a response.