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Adjunct academics have been ignored, dismissed, underpaid, and exploited, but now somebody finally fears them. Unfortunately, it is a group of NIMBY residents in Evanston near Northwestern University who worry that adjunct faculty might live near them and lower property values. The Southeast Evanston Association expressed fears in an email about a proposed extended stay hotel in downtown Evanston, declaring that they want “a hotel brand that will maintain a high quality of business, and not devolve into cheap housing for transient academics.” Perhaps it is a sign of success that the problems of adjunct faculty are finally being recognized, even if it is by rich people who want to prevent their lowly presence in affordable housing.