H.L. Mencken once said, “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.” For our city’s urgent and growing low-income housing crisis, the “affordable” or “inclusionary housing” model put forward by private developers is wrong.
Philadelphia has over 40,000 people who have been waitlisted for public housing and are in desperate need. Adding to the crisis, more than half of renters in Philadelphia are cost-burdened — spending over 30% of their income on housing costs — and in danger of ending up on the streets.
This housing crisis has many causes. But one of the causes is trying to pass itself off as a solution.
In the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Cedar Park, one private developer was recently approved by the City’s Zoning Board of Adjustment to build a 76-unit building with 15 units…