I must say that Whitney Bryen’s article on “Luxury Student Living” (Feb. 12) struck me as tone-deaf to the point of being comical. Given this country’s current economic state of affairs, especially in relation to the still-abysmal housing market with tens of thousands of Americans struggling to make ends meet and stay in their homes, it seems silly and out of step, if not downright insensitive to hear college undergraduates talking about being unable to live without private bathrooms and en suite washer/dryer sets.
The rents on most of these units matches or exceeds the monthly income for single adults living at the poverty line in a state that saw almost a five percent jump in poverty levels over the past decade. I can’t imagine that these students are paying for these high-end properties themselves and treating these living arrangements as though they are the status quo for CU students only serves to strengthen the University’s reputation as a playground for wealthy out-of-staters.
I can’t blame the students for wanting to live in these cushy apartments—what 19-year-old wouldn’t appreciate a kegerator, four balconies and a rooftop hot tub—but I do question the editorial decision to use five columns on this sort of frivolity.
John K. Wilson