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Old 09-13-2013, 06:28 PM
 
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This will not be a popular view point but I think too much student housing is a mistake. I've owned a business near condominiums that rent most of their condos to students for over the last 28 years. It has been complete and utter frustration and despair. These kids get drunk, throw crap out of their apartments, yell at our guest, throw garbage into our parking lot and just act like jackasses on a regular basis. This has been going on for decades. The police do little to nothing without some sort of video proof. The management company denies any responsibility as all they do is maintain the property and the units are owned by individuals (most of whom live out of state or the country).

We bought another building, free and clear from this sort of setting. I will tell you though, if one were to pop up near us again,we would gladly sell the space and move yet again. I wish it was possible for anyone reading this to walk a mile in our shoes and see if they would not feel the same way. I'm willing to bet money most wouldn't disagree after living through what we have.

These students drink. They act up. They are kids on drugs. The impact to those at ground zero is real and disruptive. I for one think any student housing should be in a similar area and not spread around the city. I know Im rowing against the tide but I felt compelled to say something.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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This will not be a popular view point but I think too much student housing is a mistake. I've owned a business near condominiums that rent most of their condos to students for over the last 28 years. It has been complete and utter frustration and despair. These kids get drunk, throw crap out of their apartments, yell at our guest, throw garbage into our parking lot and just act like jackasses on a regular basis. This has been going on for decades. The police do little to nothing without some sort of video proof. The management company denies any responsibility as all they do is maintain the property and the units are owned by individuals (most of whom live out of state or the country).

We bought another building, free and clear from this sort of setting. I will tell you though, if one were to pop up near us again,we would gladly sell the space and move yet again. I wish it was possible for anyone reading this to walk a mile in our shoes and see if they would not feel the same way. I'm willing to bet money most wouldn't disagree after living through what we have.

These students drink. They act up. They are kids on drugs. The impact to those at ground zero is real and disruptive. I for one think any student housing should be in a similar area and not spread around the city. I know Im rowing against the tide but I felt compelled to say something.
The ones who "act up" will be no match for the City Center Partnership and the Downtown Clean Team.
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Old 09-13-2013, 06:51 PM
 
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The ones who "act up" will be no match for the City Center Partnership and the Downtown Clean Team.
With all due respect, that is not anywhere close to my experiences and seeing is believing in this case for sure. I admire your optimism but everything I have seen would argue against anything good for those who have businesses located close to these living areas.

I will say layout does matter. In our case the condos we were near are several stories tall. Allowing the students living there access to windows that overlooked our property and allowed them to rain things down upon us. It's situations like those that I am talking about. One or two story apartments or housing are another matter.
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Old 09-13-2013, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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This will not be a popular view point but I think too much student housing is a mistake. I've owned a business near condominiums that rent most of their condos to students for over the last 28 years. It has been complete and utter frustration and despair. These kids get drunk, throw crap out of their apartments, yell at our guest, throw garbage into our parking lot and just act like jackasses on a regular basis. This has been going on for decades. The police do little to nothing without some sort of video proof. The management company denies any responsibility as all they do is maintain the property and the units are owned by individuals (most of whom live out of state or the country).

We bought another building, free and clear from this sort of setting. I will tell you though, if one were to pop up near us again,we would gladly sell the space and move yet again. I wish it was possible for anyone reading this to walk a mile in our shoes and see if they would not feel the same way. I'm willing to bet money most wouldn't disagree after living through what we have.

These students drink. They act up. They are kids on drugs. The impact to those at ground zero is real and disruptive. I for one think any student housing should be in a similar area and not spread around the city. I know Im rowing against the tide but I felt compelled to say something.
Columbia is a city with a very young population and there are close to 60,000 college students living here. If someone doesn't like living near young adults then this is probably not the city for them. I'm middle aged, but would much rather live near college students enjoying life than a bunch of old fuddy duddies who get bent out of shape easily.
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Old 09-14-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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Columbia is a city with a very young population and there are close to 60,000 college students living here. If someone doesn't like living near young adults then this is probably not the city for them. I'm middle aged, but would much rather live near college students enjoying life than a bunch of old fuddy duddies who get bent out of shape easily.
I don't think it's about being a "fuddy duddy". If not appreciating being verbally taunted, having things dropped on you (and coworkers), employees almost killed and the constant vandalism then color me fuddy. As I previously noted, for almost 3 decades.

I do not think the answer should be a "like it or leave it" attitude.

How about the local authorities and the building management hold the kids accountable for what they do?

The fact is, there are issues in regards to student housing. Our city police have proven incapable or unwilling to deal with this constant harassment.

When living through these college students drunken rampages it's hard not to get frustrated, particularly when you had to deal with it on such a constant basis.

I'm just relaying my experiences and voicing my opinion on student housing in Columbia.

Just because everyone doesn't go through this doesn't mean it isn't happening or should be tolerated.
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Old 09-14-2013, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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I don't think it's about being a "fuddy duddy". If not appreciating being verbally taunted, having things dropped on you (and coworkers), employees almost killed and the constant vandalism then color me fuddy. As I previously noted, for almost 3 decades.

I do not think the answer should be a "like it or leave it" attitude.

How about the local authorities and the building management hold the kids accountable for what they do?

The fact is, there are issues in regards to student housing. Our city police have proven incapable or unwilling to deal with this constant harassment.

When living through these college students drunken rampages it's hard not to get frustrated, particularly when you had to deal with it on such a constant basis.

I'm just relaying my experiences and voicing my opinion on student housing in Columbia.

Just because everyone doesn't go through this doesn't mean it isn't happening or should be tolerated.
The company that's doing The Hub has a high degree of security in high-profile places on their properties. That's the only way they operate.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:42 AM
 
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Columbia is a city with a very young population and there are close to 60,000 college students living here. If someone doesn't like living near young adults then this is probably not the city for them. I'm middle aged, but would much rather live near college students enjoying life than a bunch of old fuddy duddies who get bent out of shape easily.
This is the type of attitude that I think hurts this city greatly. Acknowledging we have a large university in this city and that the students are a big part, they are not THE city. Your comment here describes Columbia like someone would describe Tuscaloosa, Al. How would we recruit or retain even recent college grads not to mention folks in their 30s to Columbia with this thought process? Especially when we really are so much more than a college town.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Mayor Steve Benjamin has won a Woodrow Wilson award for regional cooperation. I trust the mayors of the area's other municipalities realize it works both ways.

:: Welcome to the City of Columbia ::
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Old 10-16-2013, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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Not long after Richland County hired its new administrator, the county gets a AAA rating by Standard & Poor's. This will allow the county to borrow money at a lower cost to taxpayers.

Richland County’s Bond Rating Raised to AAA | MidlandsBiz
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
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The Rosewood area stands to gain a gem when the original hangar at Owens Field is renovated for a restaurant and aviation museum.

Historic hangar to be restaurant | www.thecolumbiastar.com | Columbia Star
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