Linda Rippy suggests that respect would create less tension between Temple students and community members.
The development of student housing in the area surrounding Main Campus has provided living arrangements for many Temple students. District Councilman Darrell Clarke seeks to put a halt to this continued development.
Last week The Temple News reported in “Ordinance seeks to remove students housing tensions” that Clarke, reportedly cited students’ disrespectful behavior building tension between students and long-time residents in the community surrounding Main Campus as a reason for introducing the bill. This view is also shared by Linda Rippy, of Wynnefield, Pa. However, Rippy notes that not all students should be blamed.
“Not all students, but some, are very disrespectful. They don’t have any respect for the people that live in the neighborhood,” Rippy said. “It’s all about them. So I think they should limit it to certain areas. I live in Wynnefield and it’s the same thing with Saint Joe’s students.”
In her experience living near students, she hasn’t had any issues, but she knows others personally who have.
“I do have friends and relatives that live in the area and my great aunt moved because it was too much for her,” Rippy said.
Rippy said she doesn’t necessarily believe that the development has negatively impacted North Philadelphia, but reiterates that students need to be more respectful.
“[The development] has a positive effect, but like I said it’s not all students, but it’s a few and they make it worse for the others,” Rippy said.
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