Letter: New proposal does not change mainds

Did the backers of the Crestwood housing project have any members attend the council meeting the night it was voted on and rejected? I ask because the “changes” they came back with weren’t items that citizens were concerned about. Once again, the changes they came back with were “fluff” items — green spaces, larger playgrounds, additional landscaping and less parking. These items aren’t going to make the plan come across any better to those individuals who live around that area.

I’ve heard we need to be more understanding of the needs of the underprivileged. I would like to point out that all five council members who initially voted for this complex live on the east side of town — guess they go along with “as long as it isn’t in my neighborhood — sure build it there.”

Furthermore it states that five units would be for homeless, 36 would serve lower income and four units at market rate. I’m sorry, but honestly what four families are going to want to move into a housing complex paying full rent when the rest of the occupants either aren’t paying any or the government is subsidizing the majority of it?

Why bother working anymore, seems like city is making it easier for folks to be supported by the government. I would like to quote a line from the movie Field of Dreams: “If you build it, they will come.”

Mary A. Craig

Cedar Rapids

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