Below, a letter reprinted from one of Triangle Blog Blog’s contributors to the Chapel Hill Town Council.
Dear Town Council Members,
I would like to thank you, and your predecessors, for allowing my home to be built in the Blue Hill district. On a graduate student stipend, I am able to live within a ten minute walk of multiple grocery stores, several doctors, a park, and a beautiful greenway. I drive less often here than I did when I lived in downtown Durham. This is a wonderful community.
I have been surprised to see my home portrayed as an unaffordable dystopia by some Chapel Hillians. I can live in Blue Hill on a graduate student stipend and young families with children live in my apartment building. However, there is not one single family home in Chapel Hill affordable to a family that earns the median household income for Orange County. It is strange that people living in single family houses worth hundreds of thousands of dollars criticize my home in Blue Hill for being expensive.
I would also like to bring to your attention anti-renter prejudice among some opponents of new housing. I have been told that because I live in a Blue Hill apartment, I must be wealthy, my neighbors are elitist, and that I should not live in Chapel Hill at all. We renters are as much members of the Chapel Hill community as homeowners. We are also poorer and more vulnerable to housing shortages. When you are considering whether new housing should be built, please be cognizant of this bias against people who don’t own their homes.