The Relationship between Neighborhoods and the Influx of the Student Pop.

By KBJR News 1

August 31, 2012 Updated Aug 31, 2012 at 6:29 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - St. Scholastica Senior, and marketing major, Brittney Arnold, has lived in her house along College Street with her roommates for 2 years.

According to Arnold, roughly 60% of her neighbors are college students, and for those neighbors who aren't co–eds —so far—it's been a respectful relationship.

"They'll call us before they do anything. They'll call us and just be like, 'hey, you guys are really loud... could you turn it down?' They become friends with you, just so they can call you, and tell you to be quiet," said Arnold.

Arnold, who says she—along with her roommates—are all 21 or older, says her house was the scene of a student move in day party on Thursday, and admits Duluth police did stop by to give them a warning in regard to some questionable signs in the front yard.

"Cops came twice, and every time they were... really nice. We did have signs up. We didn't have to take them down, but they warned us to take them down, because if we didn't then more attention would be on our house. They were kind of right," said Arnold.

...a friendly warning, says Arnold, which is common for a neighborhood where most residents seem to be either students, or young homeowners, and families.

Even in traditionally non college–aged neighborhoods where there's been a recent influx in the student scene, many neighbors are claiming that, though it's different, it's not necessarily a bad thing.

Kenwood Resident Anne Thoreson says students have become a part of her street, which used to be mainly families and elderly neighbors. Thoreson says her next door student neighbors have been surprisingly pleasant.

"We built a great relationship with them. Actually, there has not been one party—I don't even know they live there," said Thoreson, laughing.

Thoreson says it's not always the case with some: "You know, couple parties here and there, but we've approached them—they've been very nice to work with. [They] kept the noise level down when we did bring it up."

As a mother, Thoreson says she feels the worst for her young daughters: "There [are] no kids left in the neighborhood."

Thoreson says one possible solution for neighborhoods struggling with student–resident relationships is hosting a family–friendly neighborhood get–together, where everyone has a chance to get to know each other, and respect the neighborhood boundaries.

Other neighbors did present a handful of worries, however.

The two repeated concerns were neighborhood property values decreasing as a result of rowdy students, and parking.

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