To the editor:
The cost of affordable housing is based on how much profit a developer can make on a job. It is not based on charity or convenience, etc.
Cramming houses closer together than they are now does not suit me at all. When housing is too close, neighborhood disagreements become prevalent, because there is not enough space for pets to exercise, children to play, adults to enjoy open air and spaces to visit with neighbors and friends, and parking space is limited.
When the price of ownership or rent is too low, very often problems are created by people who have never had to share space. An example: immature college students who think that because there is no adult living in their house, they can make as much noise as possible at any hour, their pets should be allowed to defecate anywhere, trash can be thrown any place, cars parked on lawns. Overhearing families quarreling is not pleasant either. Finally, how about several apartments being destroyed because of lack of fire alarms and other warnings.
The "normally allowed space" that is allowed now should not be reduced. What the city really needs is better-paying jobs.
Jean A. Dill,