Affordable Housing

Credit the RTD with trying to call public attention to housing affordability issues in the Richmond region. Sunday’s paper carries articles in the news and real estate sections about housing affordability, as well as two useful commentaries by Francis Stayley of the Virginia Local Initiatives Support Corporation and Connie Chamberlin of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, Inc.

Chamberlin’s article makes the key point well:  “Communities in which everyone is alike, and everyone earns the same amount of money, are essentially ghettos — whether rich or poor. They just don’t work very well. Healthy communities rely on many different kinds of people to function effectively — waitresses as well as businessmen, schoolteachers, and stockbrokers. If our vision of the future is of a viable, energetic community that has a place for everyone and that can compete for people and jobs, we need to make sure everyone has a decent, affordable place to live.”

RTD is also sponsoring a public forum on housing affordability issues in Richmond Monday night; publisher Thomas Silverstri explains why here. Kudos to the paper for this effort to practice civic journalism on a critical issue.

Published in: on September 24, 2006 at 4:01 pm  Leave a Comment  

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