Editorial: On-campus housing is not Boston’s silver bullet

انظر في هذا In the coming weeks, Boston’s new mayor Martin J. Walsh, who took over the helm at City Hall Monday from Boston’s long-time patriarch Thomas M. Menino, is sure to present plenty of ideas to address the city’s most pressing problems. How the Walsh administration addresses Boston’s overburdened housing stock could have a very direct effect on Boston college students.


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مبادئ This strategy would mirror that of the Menino regime. The IMP, which was approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in November, mandates that Northeastern houses 600 additional students within five years, and 1,000 within 10.


تعرف هنا الآن While building more dorms and moving more students onto campus may be a solution to Boston’s housing problem and is politically appealing to any city politician, it would ultimately be an ill-advised policy. Many, if not most, students don’t live off-campus just to escape the reach of resident assistants. The fact is, as expensive as the Boston rental market can be, off-campus housing is generally still a cheaper option than on-campus housing.

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مواقع If the city pushes the issue, the schools can build more housing and force more of their students to live on campus like Northeastern did in 2012 when it began to require all sophomores in addition to freshmen to live in dorms. If this happens, students will suffer financially. College – Northeastern in particular – is expensive enough, and the cost of attending school in Boston will outpace that of other regions if students are forced to pay well above market rate to live and study in an already expensive city.

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مواقع For a city as concerned about a brain drain as Boston, this would be an awfully short-sighted road to take. Boston’s economy relies on the city being a center of higher education, and thus municipal policy should encourage students to chose the Hub as a place to learn. Herding more students into dorms would do just the opposite. A far better solution would be build more low-income housing – but that never goes over as well with the voters.