BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - College kids are known to party, but residents living in one Buffalo neighborhood are saying enough is enough.
Neighbors in the University Heights say partiers are disrupting their quality of life. Tuesday night, they sat down to come up with ways to cut down on big parties and hold students accountable for their actions.
University Heights Collaborative President Mickey Vertino said, "I really want to bring an awareness to the students. Even though you think you're having fun, it's so dangerous. We're trying to nip it in the bud early. Go inside; stay low key; behave responsibly. We're not asking for much more than respect our community."
With so many different students coming from so many different places, the University Heights Collaborative is actually working to rate tenants and landlords, pairing good tenants with good landlords to hopefully bring a better quality person to the neighborhood.
"They just send you a lease, say sign it and send it back, and that's it," said Jordan Boulware, a UB junior who lives in the University Heights.
Boulware feels community events will help improve the relationship between residents and the students.
"The only reason that I know people around me is because I go out and I meet them. If it wasn't for that, none of my neighbors would know who I was," he said.
That's something Dan Ryan, UB's director of off campus student services, is working toward.
"We would really like them to get to know each other," Ryan said, "If you can remove that feeling of anonymity then students will behave much more like they do back home when they're here in this community."
The Collaborative will take Tuesday night's proposed solutions to elected leaders, the city and UB. Meantime, UB reports, statistically, this is a light year when it comes to arrests and citations as compared to the last few.
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