With the fall semester underway, Tarleton State University has welcomed an influx of new freshmen, and the ripple effect has impacted the greater Stephenville area in a major way.
According to a recent piece from the Stephenville Empire Tribune, TSU welcomed its biggest freshmen class ever with enrollment set at 2,227. That surge in population will seriously affect the Stephenville community as thousands more people will seriously impact the small town’s economic bottom line.
While most of the impact will be positive, with local businesses seeing thousands of new potential customers enter the town, the rise in residents will not come without some growing pains, as the news source highlights. One of which is the parking situation in the town.
The news source cited Kate Elliott, a TSU student who posted to Twitter that she drove around for nearly an hour and could not find a single parking spot on campus. Her sentiments were echoed by Garrett Hardey, a TSU senior who envisions parking to continue to be a problem for the area.
But those cries are being met with a proactive response.
“The parking lot, P9, is being expanded and gravel lots are being constructed near the tennis courts,” Joe Feist, the school’s media relations manager, told the news source. “Also, a shuttle service has been added with golf carts that will drive to certain campus drop offs.”
With any situation where growth happens in a hurry, issues and growing pains are sure to be experienced. But these will eventually give way to a positive situation where the town adapts to the influx of new residents, and prospers as a result.
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