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Richmond Community Concerned Over VCU Students As Neighbors

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RICHMOND, VA—Concerned neighbors, agencies and communities came together Thursday, addressing growing problems between VCU students and those who live in Richmond-area neighborhoods.

Many residents have voiced complaints that students at Virginia Commonwealth University, who live all throughout the city, are creating some problems for permanent residents, and now everyone is coming together to try and get some solutions.

"I just wanna be respected, I want my property respected," said Latasha Wychem who lives near VCU.

Some of the problems neighbors say they've been faced with include loud parties, piles of trash, parking concerns, graffiti, alcohol and noise.

Many Richmonders joined in a special meeting Thursday with VCU, VCU Police, Richmond Police and neighbors.

"We need to cooperate, we need the police to cooperate with us and we need to cooperate with the police," said Roger Whitfield who lives in the area.

"I don't mind them having parties, but when they get out of hand and they can't control it anymore, then it becomes problematic to me,"

One of the biggest issues talked about is the trash students leave behind when they move out.

"It's progressively gotten problematic with the students," said Whchem.

Police say they're addressing the concerns and other issues. VCU said it has just created a new position for these concerns.

"I have one officer that is accessible and available 24-hours a day and his only focus is dealing with and mitigating neighborhood related issues," Chief John Venuit with VCU Police said.

Neighbors say Thursday's meeting was beneficial and hope things will improve.

Police say they hope to work with all city communities to help everyone live in peace.



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