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June 13, 2008

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Ed Wood

Here we go again. House prices should be left fot the market to determine. When groups like the SCC buy up land and property they just jack up the prices for everybody else.

somebody

Ed Wood: I completely agree. Affordable housing doesn't make sense on many levels. It artificially raises prices of the rest of housing not "protected" as "affordable housing". Also, the term affordable is a relative term. Who is it supposed to be affordable to. No matter what the price, there will always be people who can and cannot afford the homes at that price. Even "affordable housing" is not affordable to some. So what do you do there??

Luxury car owners do not set aside some of their inventory as "affordable cars" so that people who can't afford luxury cars are given the opportunity to buy them. That just doesn't make sense.

Things change. Sometimes prices go up. sometimes they go down. As homeowners and renters... you just have to deal with that.

MattC

This is a difficult subject. In most ways I agree that prices should be left to the market.

But...

Affordable housing can be a way to help teachers live in the city and own property here. The goal would be to have their investment in property grows with thier investment in their jobs and community. This is a "moderate income housing" approach

If a lower income child of working (read working) parents grows up in a community the has a strong respect for education and trades. They will take that in and make it part of their own worldview.

I think we all want our property to become more valuable, (I just bought my first home in Somerville last year in winter hill) we want to make sure this remains a community that is diverse, open minded and supportive of its people.

THE SOMERVILLE SPY

You can kiss affordable housing and any available apartment rental units in Somerville goodbye with Sean O'Donovan in office. This developer/Alderman will make sure that his pockets are lined with big bucks and every last apartment unit, affordable housing or rental units at market value, will convert into a condo.

T.S.

I am so sick and tired of all these aging socialist hippy Do-Gooders going around fighting for special privileges for a bunch of jobless assholes who stand around on the sidewalk all day and harass every woman that tries to walk down the street. Immigrants=crime. I don't want those people as my neighbors so no, I'm not in favor of setting aside cheap housing for them. People live where they can afford to live. Simple.

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