Controversial VA Community Moves Forward

From Virginia, the Mount Vernon Gazette reports a controversial project to construct a manufactured home community for low-income residents of Fairfax County is about to move forward. The project has been on the drawing board since the early 1980s. The article recounts how a series of events conspired to scuttle the project, including a debate over preserving trees. A compromise preserves 21 acres for a new park, while setting aside 12 acres for the community. Critics of the plan told the paper that clustering low-income housing in a “mobile-home development” is an outdated way to provide affordable housing. We wonder how such an important project can take thirty years and are sure that, once completed, many will wonder what the fuss was all about.

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