Boston prepares for college move in day
BOSTON (WHDH) -- College students are moving back into Boston and police are already planning a crackdown to keep them safe.
“The porches under here is loaded with trash, litter and rats. If you go in the backyard and you'll see more of the same,” said John Meaney, Boston Inspectional Services.
City inspectors checked out what they call a “problem property” in Boston's Allston neighborhood.
“Our concerns here, especially when landlords don't live here, is you have to be involved. Don't put a Band-Aid on an open wound,” Meaney said.
In one home on Ashford Street, Boston University students are getting ready to move out.
“There are six of us in here, upstairs I couldn’t tell you, it's supposed to be seven but I don't know how many people are living up there,” said Alden Reed a BU student.
Thousands of students are getting ready to move into off campus housing in the city. Cramming too many tenants into a home is a major concern. In April, a BU student died in a fire after becoming trapped in the attic; 19 people were living in the house.
“We want to send out the message that we aren't going to allow our students to move into houses that don't fit the sanitary code,” said Mayor Thomas Menino.
“It’s a known area for college students to move in and families to move out,” said Rochelle Dunne who lives in neighborhood.
However, it's not just about the well being of students. Long time residents live in these neighborhoods as well.
“It’s the constant overload of parties and drinking, and now moving on to drugs and shootings,” Dunne said.