When the Greenville City Council turned its attention toward the improvement of the Tar River-university neighborhood, many in the community contended that more rigorous enforcement of existing city code would help address the problems there. It was a position endorsed by, among others, East Carolina University, which even offered to help fund an additional enforcement officer.
Undaunted, the council plowed ahead with its plans to eliminate the rule limiting to three the number of unrelated tenants living in a dwelling, claiming that it would somehow reduce the concerns about trash, parking and crime endemic to that neighborhood. It is more likely that better code enforcement will prove a more effective solution, and the city should provide the resources needed to see that done.
Listed as the last action item in the neighborhood preservation section of last year’s list of City Council goals, a review of the so-called “three-unrelated” rule sparked a lively discussion about the future of the unique neighborhood between the East Carolina University campus and the Tar River. Inhabited by a mixture of college-age renters and older homeowners, it became a flashpoint in the ongoing debate over how to best protect and manage the city’s residential areas.
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