Neighbours no more
Re: New name, location for Sprott Shaw (NewsLeader, Oct. 26)
It is with a huge sigh and heartfelt relief that many of us on Eighth Avenue wave an emphatic “good-riddance” to Sprott-Shaw College.
From the time they arrived here the presence of the college and some of the students was a problem. The sheer number of student cars parked on the street was a constant irritant. Littering by the students, especially of fast-food garbage containers and cigarette butts was endlessly aggravating. City street cleaning vehicles routinely missed sections because of the constantly parked vehicles. The garbage generated by the students carpeted the parking lot areas and the areas next to the building. Using the ATM at the credit union meant walking through wafting clouds of cigarette smoke, and the foyer often reeked of smoke as well. Complaints to the administrative staff about the tendency of some students to engage in excessive speeding, revving of engines and loud music in the parking lot early in the morning and other inconsiderate behaviours were treated dismissively.
All I can say is thank god they are gone.