Housing Complex

Howard to Haul Young Men Closer to Campus Core*

The planned new dorms, lit up at night.

As if Georgetown and American University weren't enough, Howard University will also be filing a 10-year campus plan with the Zoning Commission soon. A draft has already found its way onto the internet, and it's worth a read if you want to know pretty much everything there is to know about Howard real estate. The bit that jumped out at me, though, was about boys: Specifically, the male students who can be so annoying to surrounding communities.

"Male undergraduates will be moved from halls located at and beyond the edge of campus into a secure nurturing environment designed to enhance their personal development and support their academic progress," the plan reads. There is no further explanation, and Howard hasn't yet returned a request for clarification. Not as drastic as Catholic University's plans to re-segregate the dorms by sex, but seemingly an effort to keep boys out of trouble.

Overall, the plan aims to increase the number of beds for students by 1,100, which would be a significant improvement over the 44 percent of undergraduates who currently live in campus housing. The plan also includes a significant amount of new faculty housing, which is important in Howard's bid to attract new staff at a time when the majority of their professors are nearing retirement age.

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* CLARIFICATION, Friday, June 24: Howard's press person says that despite the draft's language, the move to bring students closer to campus includes female undergraduates as well.

  • http://www.hitmaka.com Hitz

    Makes sense to me.

  • ess

    well, if they need it, I'm glad their school is providing it. But these aren't boys...they're 18-22 year old men.

  • Not Good Enough

    As Georgetown, American and particularly GWU embrace urbanism and are already breaking ground on some very high end world class buildings that blend cutting edge styling, lots of community amenities, and functionality - the Howard plan seems a little behind the times. HU is so important to the Georgia Av Corridor, and in my opinion, HU is a big reason why this corridor in NW has lagged so far behind the rest of DC (even behind the similar and previously defunct H St NE). This campus plan would have been great, circa 1999 - it is a little dated and doesn't really tackle the big problems with the University's lack of urban planning - which is it doesn't really care that much about providing world class facilities that cater to the students, the University and the community. Really just seems like HU is maintaining the status quo.

  • Question

    Do male students at Howard make that much trouble?

  • Drez

    Students at any university do, if you listen to their neighbors in foggy bottom, Georgetown, au park, etc.

  • Drez

    Oh, yeah, and pleasant plains.

  • Eric

    I live next to a Howard dorm in Ledroit Park and find their students to be remarkably quiet and non-rowdy compared to students at my non-HBCU undergrad school. Most notably, there is very little late-night drunken foolishness, which there was an endless amount of in the dorm I lived in (throwing bottles out the window, puking on the streets, passing out in bushes, running around screaming, etc). Not sure what accounts for this difference, but it is absolutely amazing.

    I do know there are some off-campus student houses that develop issues throwing big parties, but overall I think Howard students have been great neighbors.

  • Liz Cann

    I agree with Eric. I also live in Ledroit Park and find the HU students, males and females to be a pleasure to live near. They are quiet and respectful and in fact participate in a neighborhood clean up every spring.
    The only weekend noise I hear comes from the Elks Lodge a block away, and these are allegedly adults in their 30's
    who act like street hoodlums.

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