The Faces of 90.5 WESA
Wed January 29, 2014
Neighborhood Resurgence Should Not Eliminate Affordable Housing
Many Pittsburgh neighborhoods are experiencing a resurgence in new development. As new homes and businesses take shape, affordability for the working class.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Diana Nelson Jones and Richard Swartz, Executive Director of Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation discuss ways to motivate developers to build low-cost housing.
Swartz finds the most effective way to ensure reasonably priced housing would be engaging communities in the process. Neighborhoods would have a voice and a motivation to improve and thereby dictate the kind of community in which they want to live.
In his work in Garfield, he operates under a model four-part plan:
“In Garfield, for example, we need to have a community organization who says, ‘You know what? We’re going to make this a part of our mission in the neighborhood.’ You’re going to have to have a city government that’s very receptive to helping you assemble a site or sites to do the housing development itself at a relatively inexpensive cost. Thirdly, you’re going to need to find a private developer who has experience in all of the aspects of financing and managing the construction of a project because most of that capacity does not lie within the community itself. Then I think fourth, you’re going to have to have a strong management component.”