“Building new affordable housing in wealthy areas takes investment away from the downtrodden areas that most need it.”
Cincinnati Magazine has a story about the city of Wilmington, Ohio, which saw its unemployment rate skyrocket to 19 percent after the city’s biggest employer, DHL, left the city during the Great Recession. Wilmington went into crisis mode to get the city back into shape and persuaded DHL to donate the land and buildings back to the city. The city also convinced a lot of its young people to return to Wilmington after they finished college.
Robert Samuels has a long feature in The Washington Post examining how a collection of low-income housing near Union Station in Washington D.C. that was supposed to be revitalized has instead sent residents far from their homes, some living in conditions just as bad as before they moved. The “New Communities Initiative,” an affordable housing plan, was created eight years ago after the execution-style murder of a 14-year-old girl spurred residents and the mayor to action.