The USDA’s Housing Help
The April 6 front-page article “Rural Aid Goes to Urban Areas; USDA Development Program Helps Sub-
April 8 letter writer Howard G. Neuberg suggested that this area could benefit from a monorail system like Seattle’s.
Seattle is a bad example. The onemile-long monorail there, built in 1962 for the World’s Fair, has had problems in recent years with a fire and a collision. Voters rejected a proposed new monorail line after learning it would cost as much as $1 billion a mile; they appear to be turning to light rail. Such gimmicks as monorail are best left to Disney World. JOHN FAY
Wheaton urbs, Resort Cities” highlighted investments in some facilities in wealthy communities and urban areas, and it accurately described the difficulty of defining what is rural.
The Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit organization supporting housing development for the poorest of the poor in the most rural areas, vehemently opposes the use of Agriculture Department Rural Development funding in wealthy vacation destinations to benefit wellheeled residents and tourists.
The USDA’s housing programs, however, which are available only to lower-income rural people, have improved the living conditions of thousands of poor rural residents.
Executive Director Housing Assistance Council