St. Paul journalist and author Karin Winegar writes on MPR News why she supports limiting the number of student-housing rentals in her neighborhood near the University of St. Thomas:
What’s changed (with the influx of students) is not just traffic and parking congestion, problems of property upkeep, litter and noise; it’s neighborliness. Many student renters don’t introduce themselves and can barely be bothered to say hello or make eye contact. Many of them don’t seem old enough to live on their own, judging by their lack of toilet training. On one occasion I pulled up to my curb to see two college boys — one in the house to the east, one in the yard to the west — urinating in broad daylight.