BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Neighbors in University Heights are on edge. They say their quality of life is on the line.
"We love living here, but we need help," one resident said.
Wild parties are turning their neighborhood upside down, they say. It's the neighborhood surrounding the UB south campus. The permanent residents have organized to try and combat what they call out of control partying by UB students.
And they claim the university is contributing to the problem.
College students aren't the only ones who live on Winspear Avenue near the UB's south campus.
But long-time resident Linda Kunz says, they often act like they are.
"They break bottles. They break trees. It's crazy," she said.
Every weekend, these permanent residents say their street becomes "party central."
Mickey Vertino is the president of the University Heights Collaborative. This month, he's taken his camera out to document the mobs of people.
"Swarming these streets, open containers, drinking. Going in these houses, I'm not exaggerating 200-300 people," Vertino said.
He even photographed students urinating in public. And he's also found what he thinks could be the root of the problem. The university at buffalo busing students from the north campus in Amherst, late on weekend nights, down to the south campus where they just intend to party.
One major concern these permanent residents have is that students now use social media to direct each other from one party to the next.
"And if the police break up one party, social media immediately tells them where the next one is. Then the whole wave goes to that party. And for the cops to try and do something about it, it's like wack-a-mole," said Fred Brace.
Some students who live on Winspear even agree something should be done to control the crowds.
"If there was more patrol and less people on the streets, less commotion, more people inside responsibly drinking. That would be best," UB student Edward Erazo said.
The permanent residents say it's gotten much worse in the last year or two. And they want it to stop.
"I don't leave because I don't want to see this place go to hell. And it's been going to hell," Kunz said.
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