Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Here's how the process almost always works out:
1. Propose a first class, beautifully designed housing asset. Fact: In most cases such plans involve dramatic improvement of the existing real estate chosen for such a project.
2. Determine that said asset will provide homes, that's right homes, for very poor persons; yes, even formerly homeless persons. [This is a fact that for some reason escapes the ordinary citizen: once a person has a home, a roof over his/her head, they can no longer be considered homeless, but I digress.]
3. Work hard to align sources with intended uses and put together the financial dimensions and details of the plan.
4. Line up necessary support for financing. Almost all major, significant developments like what's in mind here require both public financing and political support.
5. Communicate your plans and intentions to the public, with special attention to the neighborhood surrounding the purposed development.
6. Batten down the hatches, dive for cover and prepare for an assault on your plans!
As I say, it almost never fails.
Folks may say they favor permanent housing for the very poor, the homeless. But any hint that such a development is planned for anywhere near their property, home, business, or school and you'll witness incredible opposition.
The latest example of such opposition was reported in last Sunday's edition of The Dallas Morning News ("Uneasy neighbors," Metro section 1B, 4B, April 8, 2012).
Happy Easter, Dallas!
In this case the main, reported opposition comes from the Dallas Farmers Market, more accurately from the "Dallas Farmers Market Friends" and the "Dallas Farmers Market Stakeholders Association," both fine citizens' groups, I'm sure.
The project in question connects at least indirectly with CitySquare since John Greenan, Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, is one of the developers. CitySquare organized the Central Dallas CDC in 2001 to serve the community in developing first-class, affordable housing. Since the completion of CityWalk @Akard, the CDCDC continues to be involved in a number of projects to provide permanent supportive housing to the homeless of Dallas.
You will find the news story here.
Let me know what you think after you've read it.