Is opposition to the creation of workforce housing in the failedNew Berlin City Center an example of racism or classism? It's not clear, and, frankly, in our town they're so intertwined that it's difficult to really tell.
But still, it's fascinating that the creation of 80 apartments for households making a living in the low to mid $30 K range would so unnerve a community of 40,000 that a crowd of 300 (disproportionately fat and white) people would crowd a hearing on the topic. Are they that insecure about their community? Or that hostile to people who work hard to make a living wage? Or deluded that a City Center that's failed to attract businesses in the past decade is suddenly going to suddenly turn around?
MSP's president, Milo Pinkerton, defended his project and said it would attract quality residents. He was heckled while he was speaking and booed when he finished.