Say yes to plan for af­ford­able hous­ing

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion - The writer is Pres­i­dent and CEO of Foun­da­tion For The Caroli­nas.

No­tice­ably ab­sent from the me­dia con­ver­sa­tions on af­ford­able hous­ing is the unan­i­mous vote by the Char­lotte City Coun­cil in Au­gust to re­design the hous­ing trust fund. The new pro­gram al­lo­cates an un­prece­dented 20 per­cent of hous­ing units for Char­lot­teans mak­ing min­i­mum wage or very low wages.

The pri­vate and phil­an­thropic sec­tor is match­ing this com­mit­ment with an­other $50 mil­lion, with ma­jor gifts of cash and land al­ready pledged. This part­ner­ship will ad­vance up­ward mo­bil­ity and eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity.

Con­cen­tra­tion of in­come lev­els works against mo­bil­ity. Mixed-in­come hous­ing ad­vances mo­bil­ity. We fi­nally have the right for­mula to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease op­por­tu­nity and pros­per­ity for all our neigh­bors.

To cap­i­tal­ize on this mo­men­tum, it is crit­i­cal we vote yes for the af­ford­able hous­ing bond.

– Michael Mar­si­cano, Char

lotte Michael Mar­si­cano

I ap­plaud the ef­fort to save lives, but would note the fol­low­ing: Char­lotte driv­ers rou­tinely ex­ceed posted lim­its by far more than 10 mph, some go as

Ken­neth fast as 50 in

Kyzer 35 mph

zones. They roll through stop­lights. Turn right on red with­out stop­ping, turn right from the left lane, and fol­low way too closely.

Traf­fic en­force­ment is not a pri­or­ity. Un­less traf­fic en­force­ment is greatly en­hanced and the fine struc­ture is changed to dis­cour­age vi­o­la­tions, low­er­ing speeds will not ac­com­plish any­thing.

– Ken­neth Kyzer, Char­lotte

And fi­nally, com­mon sense tells us that all those old white men who are mak­ing our laws aren’t go­ing to be around in 20 years, but the dam­age they are do­ing will last for gen­er­a­tions. Please vote.

– Kel­ley Walker, Hick­ory dency of the United States of Amer­ica and the Repub­li­can Party.

– Ben­jamin Cook, Char­lotte

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