The Georgetown forum, our favorite window into residents’ minds, is well-known for its diatribes against cat killers, newspaper thieves, and Republicans. But last weekend, it turned its critical eye towards the worst criminals of all: partying college students.
Robert Laycock, Citizens’ Association of Georgetown treasurer, got things started by complaining about an O Street party with “a couple of hundred very drunk and/or high kids.” Let’s break out the blockquote for the rest:
I called 911 around 11:30. The police arrive promptly and dispersed the crowd. The partygoers only walked a few hundred feet away, waited until the police were gone and then returned to the party house and make even more noise. I called 911 again, and again the police arrived promptly along with two GU police cars. The crowd continued to make noise as they left O street. They also harassed one neighbor who was walking her puppy threatening to defecate on her front stoop. There were drug deals going on the sidewalk, people were urinating and getting sick on the sidewalk.
After reading Laycock’s post, 36th Street resident Michelle Galler jumped in:
[T]hese parties happen EVERY WEEKEND!!, varying only slightly by levels of intensity. Nonetheless, they are always loud, unruly, full of drunken students who terrorize the neighborhood with their inebriated behavior, which includes vandalism and use of profanity against the neighbors. And, the University still seems to take no real punitive action against their students who engage in this constant assault on the neighborhood!!!!
Then, Annie Montemayor, another 36th Street resident, decided to add “her two cents worth”:
[E]veryone knows about these student loud out of control parties. We have had it all from faux student weddings complete with a rock band to keg parties with admission fees to dangerous unattended bonfire parties … I can recite to you by chapter and verse trespassing incidents, vandalism done to us and property. None has ever been resolved to our satisfaction. A RESOUNDING NO TO THE 2010 CAMPUS PLAN.
Nothing warms our heart like old fashioned neighborhood relationships. Thanks, Georgetown forum!