According to this article over at the Star Tribune, the residents of my most favorite Apple Valley “neighborhood”, Cobblestone Lake, are quite upset over the prospect of Apple Valley allowing below market rental properties to be located near to their homes.
The city’s planning commission will hold a public hearing Wednesday on a proposal from the Dakota County Community Development Agency (CDA) to build below-market-rate rental housing for seniors and working families near Pilot Knob Road.
Dozens of residents have shown up at public meetings in the past two weeks to raise questions and fears about the plans, which outline a 60-unit senior apartment building in Cobblestone Lake and 45 townhouses just outside the neighborhood. Most concern centers on the workforce housing, with some people worried the townhouses will bring more crime to the area.
Apparently, the residents of this overpriced neighborhood who feel that their cookie-cutter homes are “custom” and special should not have to brave the possibility of increased crime and are using excuses such as this being a departure from the original intent of the area, etc as a reason to keep the “undesirables” away from their little cramped hellhole. I guess that famed Apple Valley Liquor Store #3 isn’t all that attractive when it might be fueling senior citizens to commit crimes from their walkers! God forbid we allow hard working Minnesotans to live near overpriced and pastel colored sardine can homes, we must forbid this!
Face it people, Apple Valley will see a spike in crime especially as the outer suburbs age and cheap housing becomes more available on the sprawling landscape. While no one wants the crime rates to increase and no one likes the idea of “affordable” housing to crop up in their area, to claim that because you were told that you were going to live in some perfect world is no excuse to start bitching now.
My favorite part of the Star Tribune article are the comments. Veiled racism is a great way to prove a point, don’t you think? While there are only four, they all seem to center on the same central idea. My personal favorite is this comment:
Your crime rate will soar and your property values will plummet. Why? Massive numbers of blacks, asians, arabs, mexicans, and other immigrants both legal and illegal, will move-in! You will have gang and drug problems! Your property and other taxes will skyrocket! Your fears are valid. Just say no. And just say yes to real immigration reform!
The ignorance in our communities is simply astounding!
Should the residents of Cobblestone Lake be immune to affordable housing just because they paid more for their homes than others or should the “working man” have the same opportunities afforded to them and be offered the chance to prove that they too deserve to live in close proximity to those more well off than they are?