Tech Terrace residents are fed up with what they say is intolerable behavior from students living in the neighborhood. It's been an annoyance of Tech Terrace homeowners for decades: loud parties, trash in the neighborhood and crowded parking. But now, residents have organized and are calling for a change.
"When I drive in my neighborhood, I experience it, I see the beer cans in my front yard or I see the 40,000 cars down the street and kids walking through somebody's yard on Friday night or a Saturday night after a game," reveals Cyd. She has lived in Tech Terrace for years and says it's time the city cracks down on landlords and misbehaving students.
"Such as making sure there's no drug dealing going on next door, making sure that you can sleep at midnight and if you want to go to bed that you're not waked up unexpectedly at 4:00 in the morning, that you don't have strangers walking across your yard at odd hours," she explains.
Cyd says the root of the problem lies with landlords who don't enforce rules to student tenants. A landlord herself, she makes tenants abide by rules or she kicks them out. "I do my part in teaching them, most landlords don't. They're in it for the money and our neighborhood has afforded them a beautiful lifestyle at the expense of our peace of mind in a lot of instances," she says.
It's a high price to pay when you're living in Tech Terrace. Cyd believes things won't improve unless landlords are hit in the pocket book. "I think that the money issue is where the battle's going to be fought. We might make an awful lot of money in the city just fining landlords for inappropriate behavior of their tenants," she says. And she won't allow students' behavior to disrupt her life anymore. "I'm not going to move to freaking Frenship just to escape this! So, I for one, intend to fight the fight," says Cyd with conviction.
NewsChannel 11 spoke with Lubbock City Councilman Gary Boren who says he's taken hundreds of similar complaints and he is now working with several city departments to crack down on code and police enforcement in the neighborhood. One possible solution is to put the police department in charge of enforcing code violations. The police department would be in charge of training city code inspectors. The idea there is to give a code inspector the authority of a police officer.