One of the many unintended consequences of the political crusade for increased homeownership among minorities, and low-income people in general, has been a housing boom and bust that left many foreclosed homes that had to be rented, because there were no longer enough qualified buyers. The repercussions did not stop there. Many homeowners have discovered that when renters replace homeowners as their neighbors, the neighborhood as a whole can suffer. The physical upkeep of the neighborhood, on which everyone’s home values depend, tends to decline. “Who’s going to paint the outside of a rented house?” one resident was quoted as saying in
Dr. Sowell is a wealth of wisdom and common sense. His article points out that progressives never tire of pushing their bad policies on the country because they believe they know better. Even though they are proven wrong time and time again they continue through force to compel us to accept their failing policies. They fail the very people they say they want to help and hurt people who are attempting to better themselves. Statistics prove this and yet they mean nothing to these ideologues. Progressives will, if not vigorously challenged, turn every neighborhood except theirs, into a ghetto.
On the issue of public housing, the government learned its lesson. Initially the government took a ´just the basics´ philosophy. Developers were penalized for designing in the slightest bit of aesthetically-pleasing design. The results were ugly units where the tenants had little interest in ´keeping up appearances´ -in part, because there were no appearances to keep up in the first place! Now developers get extra credit for aesthetics, for making the place look inviting.
If you look at public housing built within the past 5 years, you cannot tell it apart from privately developed properties. Exterior and interior design is the same. Amenities such as fitness rooms and computer/library rooms are commonplace. Some 50 year old projects are being torn down and replaced with these newer units.
It would be nice if government could get these things right the first time, but at least in this one area, folks have gotten smarter with experience.
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Old Army Vet, 9/3/2013 7:42:13 AM (No. 9503163)
The morons in DC never look at what may or will happen when they enact some new law or regulation. The housing mess we are in is a direct result of Washington. The healthcare mess that we are in, and what is coming, is a direct result of Washington. No one seems to see past the political results that they can get. These people are not statesman, they are traitors.
Living in the St. Louis area for 40+ years, I know what can happen to public housing. (Remember the filming of the implosion of Pruitt-Igoe?) Just wondering if all those [taxpayer financed] amenities mentioned by #1 are making a difference in how the units are taken care of.
Dr.Sowell in reality a genius is an uncle Tom to most democraps. His simple wisdoms are priceless because he states the obvious reality. FTA When the world fails to conform to their vision, then it seems obvious to the ideologues that it is the world that is wrong, not that their vision is uninformed or unrealistic. and this; by previous bright ideas of third parties who pay no price for being wrong.
Dr. Sowell is brilliant, yet filled with common sense on these issues. Dr. Sowell´s article is posing the same question I´ve pondered for so long: "Has life really been improved with ´forced integration´"? People like me who went to public schools in the real "Happy Days" of the 1940´s, 1950´s, and even the early 1960´s can see the pitfalls of forcing outcomes.
Back then the local high school teams were a community´s source of pride - at least back in small-to-medium sized towns in Indiana, where I grew up. Integration was quite evident before 1954 on the basketball courts around the state. My high school won the basketball State Championship in 1947 (this was when there was only one State Champion - not three or four based on numbers of students in the school). That 1947 team had at least three black players - because they were skilled, not because they were black. My town, like most Indiana communities, had only one all-inclusive high school.
Education and life really changed for bigger cities and towns with the 1954 Supreme Court ruling of Brown v. Board of Education, and IMHO not for the better.
Dr. Sowell and other black, common-sense leaders need to hound Atty. General Holder that his ideas are detrimental to black children. His unwarranted "legal action against the state of Louisiana for having so many charter schools...", I hope will backfire on him.
When adults see the good results from the charter schools, why would they condemn their children to inferior education by forcing them back into the failed public schools?
To Poster #3: We can build beautiful facilities for these people, but no matter how beautiful they are, the occupants will ruin them and take no pride in keeping them up. My hapless nephew who has chosen to live a life, never having to work, lives in one of these pretty new complexes, and these people sleep all day, do drugs, and at night they roam about like cockroaches, and they breed and multiply with anyone. They fix nothing, they leave trash about like homeless people. As a taxpayer I resent the "extra" money they waste on these losers.
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