I’ve always been really curious when people express concerns about additional residential development in their neighborhoods. Not the dreaded “affordable housing” that people perceive to be a property value (and often times a social capital) scourge, but housing that would complement the existing character of a community. I say “curious.” Actually, I don’t always understand those concerns. It’s a shortcoming. I’m working on it. I could understand better, maybe, if the concerns were altruistic. As in: The new development won’t help to address our community’s housing and upward mobility challenges. Or the units will be too expensive to rent or to sell to people who need housing the most. Or the location is too remote – and our nascent public transit infrastructure won’t allow residents to commute from home to work or to the grocery stores and other amenities that make a neighborhood attractive and desirable. Those have some merit as an argument. We don’t have nearly enough accessible housing in this community in places that also provide other attractions and amenities. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW Tiffany Capers Sean Busher Or how about if the argument against development was that schools where the children would attend are facing a number of challenges – they are overcrowded, under-resourced, low-performing and dilapidated – and adding more kids would actually be more detrimental than beneficial? That makes sense and we need to talk about it. I also could appreciate if the concerns were about the impact on the environment – an argument against adding to air pollution, noise pollution and light pollution. This might be a bit of a stretch, but let’s go with it. Are these your concerns? OK, I’m with you. But they usually aren’t. Maybe your commute is longer. Or, maybe you lose your view – an argument I heard recently in Charlotte. (Seriously, does the view actually belong to an individual resident?) But doesn’t new development also come with some possibility for others? Perhaps you can fight for development and more investment in infrastructure to provide opportunities for