Getting Local Development Right?

Recent events in Chatham County, North Carolina highlight the challenges to getting local development right. This story in the Chatham County Line combines questions of affordable housing, citizen-funded tax incentives, and rural job creation. Affordable housing is an ongoing concern in central North Carolina. The problem stretches well beyond the Research Triangle into adjacent regions. Some points that didn't fit in the article: the website Zillow estimates median home values in Chatham County are $263,000. Yet the median listing price for houses on the market is $455,000. These numbers stand in stark contrast to the economic circumstances of the Johnson Mobile Home Park residents at the heart of this article. Working on improving your Spanish? Read Luis Melodelgado's translation.

Nora Haenn