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"Brothel Law"

siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa 474 replies29 threads Member
edited January 2011 in Northwestern University
Here is an article from The Daily Northwestern explaining the situation:

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Basically, for years, Evanston has had a law on the books that forbids more than three people who are unrelated from living with each other. This law has thankfully gone unenforced for years. However, starting in July, Evanston is going to start enforcing it. The University, instead of lobbying to repeal the law, is advising students to look for off-campus housing farther away from the university, such as along the El line.

This outrageous law poses a serious threat to the sense of community here at NU (how can we be a community if a large segment of the student population is essentially commuting to school?), not to mention how difficult it will make it for students to afford off-campus housing, and also the predicament of the students who have already signed leases for next year. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

I encourage everyone to sign this petition, even the incoming freshmen. This may not affect you directly now, but it will a few years from now when you may be interested in off-campus housing.

Repeal the Brothel Law
edited January 2011
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  • aabbcc1789aabbcc1789 - 882 replies49 threads Member
    why is evanston always looking to screw us over? it's time we show them who's boss.
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  • jessup98jessup98 427 replies35 threads Member
    How dare you turn like this, Evanston...Northwestern CREATED YOU!!!
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  • siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa 474 replies29 threads Member
    I agree with both of you. However, I feel even more betrayed by the University. The Administration claims that the sense of NU community is one of their priorities, yet when this happens, their response is to bend over backwards and tell students to find homes along the El line. Just ridiculous. It hurts that Evanston would do this, but it's not exactly surprising. The University, on the other hand, I would have expected to be on our side here. But they're not. I can't believe they would betray us like this.
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  • brebeuffbrebeuff - 394 replies11 threads Member
    Time to build more apartment-style residence halls and buy up all the property nearby.
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  • jgraiderjgraider 2802 replies43 threads Senior Member
    That just seems so dumb...
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  • amtcamtc 2838 replies26 threads Senior Member
    My daughter heard that this was going to happen a few months ago. It really is quite late for all those who are looking to rent next year. Is it even legal? Someone should check with the ACLU.

    I also think Evanston will suffer as 4-6 bedroom houses that students rent will now be empty as will many 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Not sure why it is suddenly important to enforce rather than remove. What are the consequences - a fine? Do they think it will be a revenue enhancer?
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
    The fine is $100 a day until they're found not in violation.
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  • DESTROYERDESTROYER 281 replies22 threads Member
    I think this is probably a little too hard to enforce.
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
    And your opinion is based on...? There's city inspectors already. Just send them around.
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  • MomCat2MomCat2 934 replies36 threads Member
    Seems like if kids wanted to go to a commuter school, they would have enrolled at DePaul or Loyola...
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  • DESTROYERDESTROYER 281 replies22 threads Member
    My opinion is based on the fact that i live in america? It just seems hard to police to know how many people live in each apartment or house and to know if they are related or not....?
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  • jrparjrpar 2117 replies18 threads Senior Member
    Pretty easy to enforce. The City of Evanston has housing inspectors. If you were to enter my son's house off campus, it's pretty easy to count beds. And no one would think that my son and his roommates were brothers (although they are of one sort ....)
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
    Not to mention evanston requires all residents to have their name posted.
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  • MuffinzMuffinz 39 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Can't they just give an exemption to those enrolled at Northwestern etc?
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  • Skywalker23Skywalker23 780 replies121 threads Member
    ^ Maybe they could...

    ...but NO. because they're actually targeting that group.
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  • arbiter213arbiter213 3501 replies71 threads Senior Member
  • jrparjrpar 2117 replies18 threads Senior Member
    That is great news arbiter. Kudos to President Schapiro for getting directly involved with this important issue.
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  • momof3sonsmomof3sons 4968 replies148 threads Senior Member
    That's quite different. Never mind.
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  • siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa 474 replies29 threads Member
    Now they're trying to claim they never intended to step up enforcement? How stupid do they think we are? As the article points out, at the meeting last night, the town official came right out and SAID that they were planning to up enforcement. Now they're trying to make it look like we went all crazy over nothing. I'm glad that they're not going to go through with it, but the fact that they're making out like we reported the facts wrong and then blew up over nothing irritates me.

    I'm glad Morty stepped up to the plate and stood up for the students (and to get it done in one meeting, only one day after the blow-up, having just come back from an out-of-state trip, wow. THAT is a pretty darn awesome president). But I still can't believe the comments that Betsi Burns woman made originally. Honestly, she should be fired. She obviously doesn't have the interests of the students or of NU as a whole at heart (and enforcement of this law would have been catastrophic for NU as a whole). I'm glad Morty stepped up, but it shouldn't have taken the huge reaction from the student body to get the administration to defend us. It's like they only switched tactics because they knew they'd have a mutiny on their hands if they didn't. I have the feeling that if they could have gotten away with letting Evanston screw us over, they would have done it. That bothers me.
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  • aabbcc1789aabbcc1789 - 882 replies49 threads Member
    props to morty.
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