No Room For Renters In Chesapeake, VA

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March 29 2012 8:40 AM

No Room For Renters In Chesapeake, VA

[NIMBY activist Miguel] Walker also says the quality of Hickory schools would draw families with school-age children to the Chapel Hill Apartments.
"I couldn't blame anybody who would want to," he said. "But it also comes down to renters. I don't know if this sounds terrible: Renters aren't really going to be invested in the community."
A similar saga played out last month in Western Branch, but on a larger scale, when City Council killed the massive Breckinridge development.
Walker said he's expecting a call from John Arthur, who spearheaded the fight against Breckinridge, but he also has picked up pointers about the Western Branch efforts from reading newspaper accounts.

Note that "the schools here are good and people will want to send their children to them" operating as a reason to not let people move to a neighborhood has a particularly toxic impact on educational equity and effectiveness. See Dana Goldstein on this point.

Matthew Yglesias is the executive editor of Vox and author of The Rent Is Too Damn High.

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