Recent neighborhood meetings about a planned new apartment building at 831 Emerson St. have made it clear that there’s still one group in Evanston that it’s considered politically correct to hate.
That’s right, it’s college students.
People who wouldn’t be caught dead publicly saying they don’t want to live near black people or poor people are perfectly comfortable arguing that college students should be confined to a ghetto east of Sheridan Road.
And nobody at those meetings calls them on it.
Hate may be a strong word, but if you don’t want members of a certain group living near you, it follows that -- on some level -- you hate them. You don’t think they should have the same right to live in the neighborhood that you do.
Like everyone else, students need to be thoughtful of their neighbors and make some lifestyle adjustments to fit in.
But by the same token people who aren’t students who choose to live near a college campus need to expect and accept more late-night activity than if they lived in a homogeneous neighborhood of senior citizens.
Arguments over a new apartment building’s height, design and parking are one thing.
But claims it shouldn’t be built because of the age or academic status of the people the developer hopes will live there are not appropriate.
Those claims shouldn’t sway the City Council’s decision about whether to approve the project.