As the students poured in, families moved out of the noisy, crowded neighborhood.
Houses were snapped up by rental companies. Absentee landlords divided and subdivided and crowded as many kids as possible in the old houses, while performing as little maintenance as they could get away with.
Many magnificent old houses were torn down and replaced with cheap, ugly, high density apartment buildings.
The campus neighborhoods became the most densely populated area in the state of Ohio. Density approached that in New York City or Boston.
Crime exploded. The campus neighborhoods teemed with naive and incautious suburban and small-town kids with wallets and purses full of their parents' money. This proved an irresistible lure for criminals from the increasingly hardscrabble neighborhoods to the east and south. Burglaries and robberies became commonplace.
The shocking 1962 murder of Mary Andrews, the brutal slaying of William Sproat and Mary Petry in 1970, and a 500% increase in the number of rapes convinced area residents that the district was no longer safe for families, the elderly, or children.