There's an interesting public policy matter to solve in most states, particularly in those with dense populations. It centers around government creation of affordable housing in richer neighborhoods, and is presented as follows:
1. In a completely free market, wealthy homes will eventually cluster, middle class homes will eventually cluster and poor housing will eventually cluster.
2. There are systemic problems found in areas of high concentrations of poverty, such as crime, drug abuse and blighted real estate.
3. Other communities inevitable subsidize the never-ending fight against crime, drug abuse and blighted real estate that stem from high concentrations of poverty.
Should the government break up concentrations of poverty by policies which compel affordable housing be built in richer neighborhoods? If not, what then is to be done about the problems associated with high concentrations of poverty?
In New Jersey, this is particularly important since Governor Christie is attempting to dismantle the governmental systems which currently command builders to construct affordable housing in wealthier neighborhoods.
Matt Rooney of the always informative and popular "Save Jersey Blog" and I are striking up a discussion about this very issue.
Please head over to the "Save Jersey" blog and leave your own thoughts on the matter. The discussion can be found in this post by Matt by clicking here.
And thanks for taking part!