Amid clash of town and gown, voices of reason in West Riverfront

Some University of Tampa students who rent houses in the nearby West Riverfront neighborhood have clashed with residents because of loud parties.

College kids have been disturbing the peace in college towns for decades — think Old School or Animal House — but as Tampa Bay Times staff writer Richard Danielson reported last week, at least two of the UT renters have tried to tone down the parties and build a good relationship with the residents. Perhaps this could be a springboard to strengthen the relationship between the college and its neighbors.

UT students participate in a number of service projects, but the university could be an even greater asset in improving the community for all. …

I hope whoever wins Tuesday pays as much attention to Florida after the election as he did during the election. What good is it to be a battleground state if they only care about you once every four years? Then again, sometimes our governor turns away federal help. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: She Who Laughs — Last. …

Nate Najar, one of the top names in local jazz, has teamed with John Lamb for a new CD. The release party is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S in St. Petersburg. …

With the cooler weather, the new wine garden at Cru Cellars, 2506 S MacDill Ave., merits a visit. It hosts a tweetup Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. …

Early voting has become an integral part of elections and I'm still disheartened that Florida Republicans led the effort to reduce the number of days. But I still like voting on Election Day. I step in with a sense of purpose and walk away with a sense of patriotism.

That's all I'm saying.

Amid clash of town and gown, voices of reason in West Riverfront 11/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 4, 2012 7:41pm]

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