Stouffer and some landlords in the area concede there can be problems when campus housing spills over into neighborhoods. And they don’t deny the neighbors’ complaints were without merit.
“But there are already laws for that,” says one landlord. “They have police for that.”
Stouffer thinks it’s the school’s responsibility to keep their students at bay as they move off campus—not city ordinances, and certainly not discriminatory ones that were put into law illegally.
“The minute you’re automatically discriminating against people because they’re members of a class, that’s what makes it unconstitutional.”
Vivian VanStory is wary of Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to bring a Neighborhood Improvement District (NID)—a nonprofit established by City Council in which a tax is used to improve the district—into the community. Unlike VanStory’s neighborhood improvement efforts, which don’t cost residents a dime, Clarke’s NID would charge property owners, like VanStory, a fee on top of their real-estate tax. While she admits that parts of the neighborhood could use significant improvements, it’s the process of creating the NID that, VanStory says, intentionally neglects any due process.
Election Day 2014: Tues., Nov. 4