University taking over my city..where are low-income supposed to go?

United States
July 12, 2009 7:29am CST
Where I live the University has literally taken over the city. There are condo's and townhouses going up left and right, the University is about to drastically expand and replace the old Chrysler factory, and the Chrysler dealership they will find use for two but that doesn't mean its all flowers for everyone. All the low-income people here are getting shoved into a corner as the University is buying out apartment complexes to update and renovate to new contemporary apartments for students. The low-income housing is sparse so where do we go? On top of that even the in-state University students are at a disadvantage. Where in the beginning of the year they reassured in-state students they would have no problem with admissions and they would be first priority well now I guess with the state of the economy all that has changed. My neighbor, a professor, say the students are heated about all the first-class attention out-of-state students are getting. All the houses around here are being bought up by the university so that they can rent them out to college students!! I'm being run out of my own town!!
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@dragon54u (31631)
• United States
12 Jul 09
Well, money talks. I heard somewhere that life is a sh*t sandwich and the more bread you have the less sh*t you have to eat. Isn't that just so true?! Nobody really cares about low-income housing except the people. Oh, they'll say they care and make all the right noises but in the end the low-income people are expendable. I'm sorry you're being run out by the university. There surely is somewhere in another part of town you can afford? The problem with low income properties is that they are in high demand. I wish you luck in your search.
• United States
12 Jul 09
Oh I will not go out with a fight! I remember strolling my two baby daughters around town and man, the looks I'd get with all the college students, coming into Starbucks or such and I would of never thought this town would feel so much like my home from those early days. I know everyone on Main Street (it runs right through campus) by name and I have refused to just go away and Im excited to say that as of this late this year there have been all these families coming out of the woodwork and this town used to be just like the beach in Winters. We have moved and tried living in other states but have always come back here I love this town, love the politics, opportunities, the school systems are great, social functions, just built two huge brand new libraries and I do not believe my kids deserve any less! My most favorite part of living right by Main Street is that my kids are exposed to people from all walks of life that regularly hang at the coffee shops.