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"Brothel Law"

siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa Registered User Posts: 503 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
Post edited by siemprecuriosa on

Replies to: "Brothel Law"

  • aabbcc1789aabbcc1789 - Posts: 931 Member
    why is evanston always looking to screw us over? it's time we show them who's boss.
  • jessup98jessup98 Registered User Posts: 462 Member
    How dare you turn like this, Evanston...Northwestern CREATED YOU!!!
  • siemprecuriosasiemprecuriosa Registered User Posts: 503 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.
  • brebeuffbrebeuff - Posts: 405 Member
    Time to build more apartment-style residence halls and buy up all the property nearby.
  • jgraiderjgraider Registered User Posts: 2,845 Senior Member
    That just seems so dumb...
  • amtcamtc Registered User Posts: 2,864 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?
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Registered User Posts: 3,572 Senior Member
    The fine is $100 a day until they're found not in violation.
  • DESTROYERDESTROYER Registered User Posts: 303 Member
    I think this is probably a little too hard to enforce.
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Registered User Posts: 3,572 Senior Member
    And your opinion is based on...? There's city inspectors already. Just send them around.
  • MomCat2MomCat2 Registered User Posts: 969 Member
    Seems like if kids wanted to go to a commuter school, they would have enrolled at DePaul or Loyola...
  • DESTROYERDESTROYER Registered User Posts: 303 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....?
  • jrparjrpar Registered User Posts: 2,135 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 ....)
  • arbiter213arbiter213 Registered User Posts: 3,572 Senior Member
    Not to mention evanston requires all residents to have their name posted.
  • MuffinzMuffinz Registered User Posts: 43 Junior Member
    Can't they just give an exemption to those enrolled at Northwestern etc?
  • Skywalker23Skywalker23 Registered User Posts: 901 Member
    ^ Maybe they could...

    ...but NO. because they're actually targeting that group.
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