Howard University Complains About Gentrifiers Using Campus As A Dog Park

Howard University students are venting their frustration over gentrification resulting in neighboring residents using the school’s campus as a dog park. Washington D.C.’s Fox 5 published a report, where a white man said that the university should move if students and staff don’t want the campus being used by neighborhood dogs. 

A sophomore at Howard told Fox 5 D.C., “‘The Yard’ is for the students and although everyone loves pets, I feel like it’s disrespectful to have the pets just running around, especially when there are several parks around here. If they come on ‘The Yard’ and they’re just walking through, I don’t necessarily have a problem with that, but I still feel like there are other ways to get around D.C. without having to cut through a college campus.” 

Meanwhile, local resident, Sean Grubbs-Robishaw, said that he sometimes cuts through the campus with his dog. He then said, “So, they're in part of D.C., so they have to work within D.C. If they don't want to be within D.C. then they can move the campus. I think we just need to work together and I don't think it should be a he or there or here… It’s our community and that's how it should be.”