Letter: Let the middle class have a voice

Mary A. Craig

Crestwood Ridge complex — just what this city needs another condo/apartment complex. Give me a break. It is just developers being greedy and seeing the opportunity for them to make another buck.

Rather than build single dwelling homes on the lot, developers see an opportunity to put in multiunit housing and make more money. Am I the only person in this city that can see this? All it seems like developers build are multiunit complexes where they can pack in the people.

What about the middle class? What housing are they developing for us? They aren’t. They are building complexes for lower income folks because the developers know that they will be guaranteed payment because the government is picking up the cost.

Did you notice that Jason Vestweber, the writer of the Sept. 18 guest column “Crestwood Ridge will be an asset to Cedar Rapids,” states that not only is he a member of the Willis Dady board, but is a landlord who owns such property that he is actively supporting. He also states that he wishes “the very few neighbors surrounding this location would open their minds, hearts.” Over 200 individuals signed this petition. I guess he considers 200 vocal individual homeowners as few since he is used to dealing with apartment/condo complexes where there is a higher concentration of neighbors.

I did not sign the petition, but I sure wish I had.

Mary A. Craig

Cedar Rapids

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