TommieMedia – Neighborhood livability survey suggests relations are at ‘tipping point’

Neighborhood livability survey suggests relations are at ‘tipping point’

By Rachel Britton, Reporter | Friday, March 11, 2011 12:11 AM

The West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee focused on improving St. Thomas’ relationship with the community at its meeting Tuesday.

Louis Smith, of Louis Smith Partners, discussed findings from his Partnership Feasibility Study. WSNAC hired Smith to research how to promote neighborhood livability in the long term.

Smith said the survey showed students perceive a good relationship with neighbors, but neighbors’ opinions are not as positive.

Residents are concerned with increased student house rentals in the neighborhood. The percent of non-homestead residences, which are residences that are not the owner’s principal home, rose from 23.9 percent in 2002 to 40.5 percent in 2009 in the neighborhood surrounding St. Thomas, Smith said.

Smith said the non-homestead residence “tipping point” – when neighbors become frustrated with the number of students living in the neighborhood – is generally when non-homesteads make up 30 percent of the neighborhood. The “tipping point” is also when neighbors become concerned about decreasing property values in the neighborhood.

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