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26 March 2014 By Cody Boteler, Associate News Editor No Comments
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Towson University, the Baltimore County government, and the Towson Chamber of Commerce are working together to make the areas surrounding campus safer.

Representatives from those three groups met at the Towson Chamber’s office last Wednesday to discuss how improvements to safety could be made. Students and members of the TU administration were present at the meeting.

A major focus of the meeting was to discuss the routes that students take when they walk uptown or when they travel to York Road, and how those routes could be made safer.

According to Baltimore County Councilman David Marks,  “the main focus [in improving safety in the areas that students frequent] is lighting.”

Marks was not present at the meeting, but a representative from the Baltimore County planning department was.

Senior law and American civilization major Rose Singer, who was at the meeting, said that the Chamber and the County government were very interested in hearing from Towson students.

“They’re not students anymore, they don’t know [how and where students travel],” she said.

Coordinator for Off-Campus Student Services Joyce Herold, who was at the meeting, said she thought that the Chamber was being very responsive to students.

“The thing that I really am very happy about is that the county realizes how important the students are and the University is to our community and we want to make [Uptown Towson] a safe place not only for our residents, but for everybody,” Executive Director of the Towson Chamber of Commerce Nancy Hafford said.

Senior biology major Kierra Jenkins was also at the meeting. Jenkins said that she doesn’t feel safe on York Road at night.
“During the day I would walk [on York], but at night I wouldn’t,” she said.

Jenkins said that she thinks improving the lighting along York and having more police officers patrol the area on foot would make the area safer.

“I’ve seen officers in their cars driving up and down the street but that doesn’t help,” she said.

A significant amount of work toward improving lighting has already been done, Hafford said, but there are still some businesses that need to upgrade their lighting.

“The county has been awesome,” she said. “They’ve been going out early in the morning and later in the evening and looking at dark areas in Towson – alleyways and [around certain] businesses – and the county is upgrading all the lighting.”

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