Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Marion Berry makes a PERFECTLY reasonable proposal

This sounds like George Bush's compassionate conservatism: DC Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry wants to encourage home ownership. His solution: you simply ban the construction of apartments.

According to Barry, it's all about encouraging homeownership, which stands at only 24 percent of residents in Ward 8. Instead of developing apartment buildings, he wants to get all the boarded-up houses renovated and occupied, with city-subsidized home loans to help people buy them. Because it's homeowners, not renters, who help improve the area.

"Renters, by their very nature, don't keep up their neighborhoods like homeowners would," Barry tells me. "Renters will allow drug dealers in the neighborhood. It's a fact. It's a doggone fact."