Opinion | I live in a college town with spiking COVID-19 cases. Don’t blame students.

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The place we nicknamed “the COVID Lounge” opened across the street from us at the end of July, which is moving day in Iowa City. Every single night for three weeks straight after that, we watched as dozens of young, unmasked undergrads in Hawkeye gear wandered up the porch with cases of Natty Light and grilled meat to hold group sing-a-longs. I never thought I’d see a porch full of undergrads under a strobe light pumping their fists triumphantly to Toto’s “Africa” — let alone during a pandemic — but it’s 2020 and here we are.The neighborhood met them with dread — though, perhaps, not surprise. We had anticipated them.RelatedMy partner and I moved here from Berlin in 2019; we live in the center of downtown, next to the town’s oldest grocery store. In pre-COVID-19 times, it almost felt like the five square blocks surrounding us were a tamer, tidier Brooklyn or Berlin with less interesting graffiti: We were across the street from the fiction writers’ bar and the poets’ bar, and just down the street from the Riverside theater, live music venues and an excellent record store.But college towns like this are, under the best of circumstances, …

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