Although most people who are familiar with Georgetown would have a hard time connecting the concepts of Georgetown and a ghetto, local resident Ken Archer made the claim in a post yesterday on Greater Greater Washington.
Archer writes that if you walk around West Georgetown, “you will find a student ghetto that simply wasn’t there in 1980. The area is becoming characterized by dilapidated houses and unbagged trash strewn across lawns.” However, in the comments section, Archer notes that he moved in to the neighborhood only eight years ago.
In his post, Archer also claimed the 27 percent of student houses have had run-ins with the police and the University is proud of this number, however, he fails to cite any source. (One commenter suggested that the figure accounts for “community calls.”) Last year, Burleith Citizens’ Association President Lenore Rubino encouraged residents to call 911 when they feel student gatherings are too loud, which explains the potential amount of run-ins.
Despite Georgetown University having the most on-campus student housing in D.C.—except for Gallaudet—Archer argues that having off-campus students are more detrimental to the Georgetown neighborhood than to the Foggy Bottom, Spring Valley, or Brookland neighborhoods.
Rather than just complaining about the 2010 Campus Plan failure to include on-campus housing, Archer proposed the idea of multi-use buildings, where housing could be added to Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall, the yet-to-be-built athletic training facility, and on top of Epicurean.
The open area near Wolfington Hall and the parking lot at the end of Library Walk are other potential locations, according to his post.
Although he clearly disagrees with the 2010 Campus Plan, Archer links to competing petitions that support and oppose the plan. Nonetheless, we’re sad to see that he didn’t cite his sources—he could learn an academic thing or two from us ghetto-dwellers.