The beauty of the Aspen Heights student housing complex off Hausman Road, locals say, belies its negative impact on surrounding communities.
In a meeting hosted by Aspen Heights management, representatives from surrounding home owners' associations, student groups, and campus police aired their concerns.
“The goal is to get people talking and create a plan of action that calms down some of the crime we’re seeing in this area,” said Russ Murphy, of Aspen Heights.
A party scene in the area attracts huge amounts of revelers on weekend nights, neighbors said. Those people park in nearby neighborhoods, and are extremely loud and destructive until the wee hours of the morning.
Aspen Heights acknowledged the problem, and outlined some of the steps they’ve taken to help. Those included instilling curfews, hiring increased security, and installing cameras.
But Murphy argued part of the reason is that students have no controlled atmospheres where they can party — i.e. bars near campus.
It’s an argument UTSA Student Government President Xavier Johnson agrees with.
“Downtown, there is a bar scene for college students, but that doesn’t exist up here,” said Johnson.
Increased police patrols and better security investments were discussed as solutions to the problem, but no one seemed to have a definitive answers.
That’s likely because there isn’t one.
The ongoing battle between college students wanting to party and locals wanting peace and quiet has raged on college campuses across the country for a long time.