Thursday, May 05, 2005

Maybe they just don't like landlords

It seems many Shelby County suburbanites object to allowing new apartments. After all, they left the big cities to get away from apartments in the first place, and besides, all of those apartments can hurt a neighborhood's property value. Some apartments are OK, of course, as long as they keep to themselves and don't make a big deal out of being there.


Blogger Jay said...

I lived in Alabaster (in Shelby County) for quite a while before heading down to a Mobile suburb, and I saw firsthand the incredible expansion Shelby County had and is still having. I can definitely see a need for higher-density housing in the county, and I can't help but wonder what the real reasons behind fighting the apartments are - perhaps some of these residents are opposed to the *type* of people that they believe usually end up in apartments?

"We don't want the crime and the noise and all the things that come with apartments." To me, that's a gross misconception of the character of apartment complexes. Sure, maybe Shelby County doesn't need high-rise apartments, but I don't see the harm in bringing in a few more apartment complexes with multiple 2-3 story buildings.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"perhaps some of these residents are opposed to the type of people that they believe usually end up in apartments?"

You're exactly right. One Shelby resident admitted she didn't want more apartments in part because of the inevitable "social problems" that would result. Simply put, they don't want the people that affordable housing would bring.

I rant about it extensively here.

4:24 PM  

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