As enrollment numbers for the 2008-2009 school year reach an all-time high, Temple does not have the resources or housing accommodations to bring the Tyler School of Art to Main Campus.
Years ago, Temple was largely a commuter school. The university was smaller and its students were more localized.
Nowadays, incoming freshmen should feel lucky to have two years to live on campus.
Having another school join the North Philadelphia community is wonderful, especially one as vibrant as Tyler, but bringing an extra 1,500 students to Main Campus must involve a comprehensive long-term housing plan.
The lack of housing options near Main Campus is already affecting surrounding communities, and a move such as this isn’t making the situation any better. Upperclassmen are being forced to rely on nearby neighborhoods for shelter. Residents from Yorktown, one of Main Campus’ neighboring communities, are feeling threatened by the influx of rowdy college students.
The Temple News and other Philadelphia news media have covered the tension between Yorktown residents and Temple students. Long-time residents are making their frustration known regarding the increase of Temple students in Yorktown and the possibility of them ruining the neighborhood’s good name. For nearly 50 years, Yorktown locals have defied negative stereotypes used to describe North Philadelphia.
With the new school set to arrive on Main Campus in Spring 2009, and all Tyler students already living in or around Main Campus, Temple is straining its existing dormitories to find places to house students. Nearby areas are only going to fill up more.
Many North Philadelphia residents feel as though the university has taken over their homes and changed their way of living. Increasing the number of students forced to live off campus is only going to intensify that feeling.
There are so many housing issues already. Temple needs to address the problem, instead of letting us spill out into surrounding neighborhoods.
The university is overcrowded. Bringing the rest of Tyler students here is only adding pressure, especially with no comprehensive plan in place.
Tara Moore however, thinks the Tyler students should be a welcomed addition.
Lindsey Granger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.