The Boston Globe is in the midst of an investigative series on off-campus housing, prompted by a Boston University student’s death in a fire. The young woman lived in an illegal attic apartment.
The Globe put together a database showing shortage of on-campus housing at colleges around the country. The problem has gotten worse over the last decade. Take a look at the numbers for Rochester area colleges:
Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester and St. John Fisher saw tremendous growth over the last decade. We are seeing tensions in Henrietta and the city’s PLEX neighborhood over an influx of students living in off-campus housing. Henrietta restricts how many unrelated students can live in one house. An overflow of students can create issues for surrounding communities.
However, I don’t think Rochester is seeing the growth in substandard off-campus housing for students. I remember my friends at Cornell living in some truly awful apartments in Ithaca. I haven’t seen much of that here. Have you?
Links of the Day:
– The Erie County Sheriff is using cell phone spying devices and won’t discuss policies or procedures regarding the devices.
– Cuomo aides use private email to do official state business.
– Empire State Development operates in secret, without even saying why projects deserve economic priority status.
– Drug laws using weight to determine punishment should be overhauled, columnist writes.
– Buffalo police officers are suspects are getting larger. Now they are getting SUVs.
– Buffalo, Rochester and Albany orchestras are holding their own.