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June 5, 2014

Boston, colleges agree to fight overcrowding

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says more than 20 colleges and universities in the city have for the most part agreed to disclose the addresses of students living off campus, a move he says will combat apartment overcrowding that imperils student welfare.

Walsh says “not one college pushed back” after he emerged from a closed-door meeting Tuesday with representatives of the colleges, which included Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern University.

Walsh says he’s not seeking names, just addresses, information essential so the city can identify overcrowded apartments and protect the health and safety of residents.

The meeting came after a Boston newspaper uncovered widespread instances of students living in apartments infested with rats and bedbugs, with non-working smoke detectors, and with illegal bedrooms.

BC representatives expressed concern about student privacy issues.

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