Affordable housing is more than 'feel good'

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

February 19th, 2019 12:13 PM

I went to the village board meeting recently to hear the staff's recommendations about affordable/inclusionary housing in Oak Park. I'm glad I did. Before public comments and the staff's recommendation, Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb made some introductory remarks about feasibility and balance. They seemed to be well received. However, there was a phrase that he used several times that bothers me. He said we shouldn't do something "to feel good" or "just to feel good."

I don't think that is the issue. Affordable/inclusionary housing is a moral issue and an important one for diversity in Oak Park. I could give many statements, local and international, that proclaim this imperative. But I won't. I will just say that affordable/inclusionary housing is not icing on a "good" deal cake.  

Affordable/inclusionary housing is the cake. 

Wayne Vanek

Oak Park

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  • Neal Buer from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 25th, 2019 6:38 PM

    I find it amusing when the rational argument is lacking, that something becomes a "moral" issue. Very difficult to argue against. If you do, does that mean you are immoral?

  • Jeffrey Smith (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 25th, 2019 4:41 PM

    Anti-taxers oppose affordable housing and then claim they can't afford to live in Oak Park because of the taxes. Irony is dead.

  • Tom MacMillan from Oak Park (Facebook Verified)

    Posted: February 22nd, 2019 3:33 PM

    Oak Park is just one town in a huge land mass. There are affordable places to live all around us for many hundreds of miles. There are affordable apartments just across the street in Berwyn or Chicago. I think the feel good comment relates to people trying to not offend others, while listening to their argument that does not make a lot of common sense to many people. How did this even become a thing around here?

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