Stealth Dorms Move In and Families Move Out

Mike Wong bought his home in Central Austin in 1996, a time, he said, when there were families in the neighborhood and kids on the street. But now, the families have moved out, and students have moved in. 

So-called stealth dorms are cropping up in neighborhoods in college towns across Texas. Usually built on single-family zoned lots, students crowd into the spaces with up to six or more people at a time.

Homeowners worry the stealth dorms change the character of their neighborhoods and bring myriad problems, including limited parking, excessive noise and trash, which they claim can decrease property ...

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