Some Tempe residents say police crackdown on student parties is working

TEMPE, AZ - Walk down the Hudson Manor neighborhood in Tempe and you may notice something different from earlier this year.

"It's nice and quiet, last year we had a lot of problems, many problems, but now just look around, walk around and there's been a change," said resident Phil Amorosi while standing outside his home.

Amorosi moved into his home in the '80s after graduating from Arizona State University. 

His neighborhood is within walking distance from the ASU campus and occupied by many students.

"About 40% of this neighborhood are rental properties now," said Amorosi while pointing down Cedar Street. "Last year we had a bad year, we had to have neighborhood meetings with police to let them know about the problems cause neighbors were getting really frustrated, the kids were being belligerent and disrespectful and didn't care about this neighborhood."

Amorosi and others had enough and so did the Tempe Police Department in the number of calls it was responding to in the area.

"It's been great, as soon as we have an issue, within minutes they (police) are here, they'd be over here and things have cleaned up," said Amorosi while waving to a student passing on a bicycle. "That's the change, they (students) now understand and care."

Amorosi credits the Tempe Police Department and City Council with a new ordinance that goes after landlords of problem party locations.

"That ordinance really gives police real teeth and the renters or party hosts listen, they have to," said Amorosi.

The change continues for Amorosi's neighborhood.

"They (students) are actually considerate, we talk to them, they talk to us, they come to our neighborhood picnics," said Amorosi. "Hey, we don't mind them having parties, but they are not going to have a party every night and they're not going to have loud parties where the streets are lined with cars and our driveways blocked."

While the City of Tempe has made moves for its residents, Amorosi said ASU has even assigned a person to work with him and his neighbors.

"We have a liaison is what is basically comes down to, we've circulated her number throughout the neighborhood and if we have an issue with these students we call her and she'll go out and tone that down real fast," said Amorosi. "I hope ASU does more and it continues, but so far it's been a big change around year compared to last year."

 

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