Citizens Decry Latest University Statement in Campus Plan Debate

The Citizens Association of Georgetown issued a blistering statement criticizing Georgetown University's latest explanation of its proposed Campus Plan as described an a July 6 "open letter" to the community. 

"Without getting too caught up in the minutia, the gist of our response is that GU’s Campus Plan reflects the university’s decision to ignore the views of the community adjoining its campus," said Jennifer Altemus, President of the Citizens Association of Georgetown, a resident and a University alumna. "It has failed to work with the residents, the city, and its own students to provide better housing on campus.  Instead it has tolerated expensive, unmaintained and unsanitary housing conditions, trash and rats, and disorderly behavior by its students living off campus.  This has created an unjustified burden on the community and on city services which the current Campus Plan does nothing to alleviate.  It therefore violates D.C. law that requires a Campus Plan to avoid causing such adverse impacts on adjoining communities."

Among the communities concerns are sharp projected increases in enrollment and traffic. "GU has increased its graduate enrollment from 3,560 students in 2000 to 6,275 in 2010 vs. its 2000 projection of 3,873," CAG's letter states. "Its current projection of 8,750 students by 2020, an increase of 5,160 graduate students since 2000, could also be wide off the mark."

These sharp increases, without adequate on-campus housing, could intensify traffic and parking problems, according to CAG. "GU’s own projections and data show that their new campus plan calls for over 5,700 cars driving to and from GU every day (in addition to the hospital and undergraduate students) of which 4,000 will park in the neighborhood," the letter states.

The earlier letter from Georgetown University Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Spiros Dimolitsas was released to address concerns and “mischaracterizations” by the community, it said. 

Visit CAG, the Burleith Citizens Association, and the University's websites for more information, online polls, and how to take action.

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Great job CAG!! More neighbors need to realize that GU is willing to turn our entire neighborhood into one big dormitory.


If that is your view, then I assume you will denounce any realtor who advertises homes in Burleith and Georgetown as investment properties to rent to Georgetown students. After all, who is doing more to encourage student rentals in the neighborhood? This person is advocating the purchase of homes solely for rental to students.

If you oppose this practice, perhaps you can file a complaint about her to the ANC or the National Association of Realtors.


If that is your view, then I assume you will denounce any realtor who is marketing neighborhood homes only as student rentals. After all, who is doing more than this person to encourage student rental homes in Georgetown and Burleith? and

Since you apparently oppose her advocacy of purchasing homes solely for renting them to Georgetown students, perhaps you can file a complaint about her with the ANC or the National Association of Realtors.


Yes, oppose any properties for student rentals. GU has created this hostile and lose-lose environment for both the students and the community. It is time to wake up and focus the blame on GU!


Are you going to protest against this realtor who is marketing homes as student rentals? GU isn't advertising the rental, she is. and

By the way, defeating the campus plan does nothing to stop this person or anyone from advertising homes as student rentals.


Readers should understand that the proposed increase in graduate students reflects the desire of Georgetown to increase the number of PART TIME masters programs it offers. The primary impact of higher student enrollments in the plan will therefore be increased competition for parking spaces and greater traffic congestion in the early evening as students come to classes from 5:30pm onwards. So, to alleviate these problems, residents of the surrounding communities should demand changes in the parking restrictions. To wit: for 5 blocks both north and east of the main campus, some fraction of the parking spaces (ie: one side of the street) should be resident only. Alternatively, the 2 hour non residential parking limit should be reduced to one hour and extended to 10pm.