Drunken termites eating away at our neighborhoods
After recent news reports describing altercations between long-time residents and new student renters, the Austin Chronicle reports this week that Jamie Lipman, the founder of the 37th Street light display, is selling his house and moving in order to get away from the year-round noise and traffic generated by student residents.
Out-of-state landlords are the real problem here. We’ve heard reports of it in our own neighborhood, just north of UT. Not all students. Not even most students. But a very vocal minority of them are just really lacking in the appropriate adult supervision, and they act like you’re infringing on their rights as Americans to do whatever the fuck they please. They only listen when the police show up.
I don’t know what kind of zoning or planning or legislation can be a substitute for educated adults just acting like educated adults for a change.
Bruce Sterling’s Heavy Weather predicted a future where Hyde Park eventually became a ghetto wholly owned by the University of Texas, and some semesters it seems like we’re headed that way.
Meanwhile another piece of old Austin culture is endangered so that Travis Studly and his frat boy homeys can party all night, every night.
I hope the 37th Street lights survive, but I can’t say I blame the Lipmans for wanting to raise their kids somewhere else, given what has reportedly transpired in his neighborhood.