Sunday, May 13, 2012
On Wisconsin: Platteville on cusp of building boom
Wisconsin State Journal, 5/13/2012.
Excerpt: In the early 2000s, UW-Platteville had just more than 4,000 students. This year, 8,214 are enrolled with about 5,500 of them included in the city's population of 11,224. The phenomenal growth has helped the downtown business district where there are few vacancies and some businesses, such as Momentum Bikes and Los Amigos Restaurant, are expanding.
But finding a place to live here has become a challenge. Of the city's single-family homes, half are rental properties, primarily occupied by students. That has meant slim pickings for non-students who work in the community but are forced to live elsewhere or have difficulty affording the inflated rents. For families that do find a place, it often can mean families and student housing mixed on the same block.