I understand what the city is trying to do. I know that if you keep lumping all the mixed-income and project style housing in the sh*tty parts of town, that most people living in those conditions do not stand a chance to get out and the cycle continues. This is an interesting topic because I am all for giving folks the chance to raise their kids in a safe neighborhood. I think if kids are exposed to the better things in life, it will help them set goals and want to make better for themselves. However, here is my conflict. If a mixed-income neighborhood was planned to be built in my backyard, the first thing I'd worry about is the effect on property values. I'm not sure if I'd fight it and try to block it from being built, but I'd have my concerns. This one in Ballantyne has a section for "very low-income" families:
I'm sure 99% of the people that will move here have every intention of doing better for their families. But the stigma that comes along with anything labeled "low-income" or "mixed-income" is unavoidable and will have an effect if you ever try to resell your house and get top dollar. Just like having a Wal-Mart next door or high-voltage power lines crossing over your backyard.
The original 110-unit plan called for 33 homes to be for "very low income" households making less than $20,000 a year.
How would you handle it if a low-income neighborhood was planned to be built in your back yard?