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What's Your One Request of the Returning College Kids?

Moving Day is upon us. If you could get the returning college students to change one thing about how they act and interact, what would it be?

That low, steady hum you hear in the distance is thousands of U-Haul and Ryder trucks descending on Boston. Saturday is Moving Day, when thousands of college kids return and move into their new apartments. It's also the day when many Boston residents hop a train out of town to avoid the chaotic swarms.

The incomparable Universal Hub's yearly Storrow Drive pool may already be over, but moving trucks wedged under Storrow Drive underpasses is just one of the headaches the kids bring with them.

If you had the chance to change one thing the college kids do in your neighborhood, what would it be? Would you rather they tone down the parties after 2 a.m., or stop using the space between parked cars as a personal lavatory? Or are we being too hard on the students, who bring a lot of spending power to local businesses and hungry parents to neighborhood restaurants? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

[Editor's note: This is posted to all Boston Patch sites.]

John D September 01, 2012 at 05:22 PM
that they turn around, go home and never come back.
melinda tillie September 01, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Just to respect your neborhood, and the people that are already there.
Lynn McSweeney September 01, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Actually, for the last 25 years, most of the students who have lived near me in Jamaica Plain (and two who live above me now) have been completely respectful and even helpful (taking out my recycling, for example, as I walk with a cane). Only once have I had to confront students: a couple of drummers who played (amplified!) at three in the morning on a weekday. They even apologized after a civil conversation and soon, thankfully, moved away. : ) It seems most students here tend to be a little bit older and have jobs as well as going to school; they understand week-day limits to loud parties, as they, too, need sleep. They are often couples, some of whom have kids, and even when they live in group homes, they tend on the whole to bring a nice vibe to the neighborhood. They're often artists or musicians on the side. They seem very "plugged in" to neighborhood events and "play well" with others. And for a comparison sample population: I used to live in Allston/Brighton and could not stand the students, even though I was 24 at the time. They would aim their amplifiers into the streets or apartment stairwells, and puke right out in the open, on the street (ugh). So Hoorah for JP's students! They seem to realize they're also adults, just young and still in school.
Ajax September 04, 2012 at 02:09 AM
I was driving down Spring Park Ave today and two students were there skateboarding and doing tricks in the middle of the street. One of the guys was just standing in the street next to his board blocking me while he was texting on his phone. wtf?

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