Reader Travis Anderson responds to Luxury apartments are swarming the U, but students can't buy serenity:
Luxury apartments are only part of the problem with off-campus living around the U. Yes, it is nice to have many good options to live around campus, but for many students, they are not even options.
In my experience living in Dinkytown for two years, you are either living in a luxury apartment with all the amenities, or you are living in a run-down shit-box of a house owned by one of the slumlords in Dinkytown.
There is no real middle ground, and the worst part is the rent is not much higher for the luxury apartments.
Students who simply want to live close enough to walk, bike, or skate to classes and occasionally stumble home from the bars are simply being pushed out by high rents paid by mom and dad. There is no nearby option for someone who is fine with sharing a room and doesn't want to tap into the family coffers or live in a house that crackheads would pass on.
It seems the only two options for living close to campus anymore are to pay astronomical rent for excessively luxurious amenities and an extended dorm atmosphere, or living in a musty house which the rental company claims they cleaned before you moved in while having to deal with scumbag landlords.
As somebody who just wants to live somewhere with even floors and air conditioning, will there be no option for more moderately priced living arrangements?