Supporting Main Street is a penny-foolish but pound-wise way of structuring local economies.
When families of means remove themselves from a community, they cause big negative externalities. We subsidized these actions in the twentieth century – let’s not make the same mistake again.
What neighborhoods should be responsible for housing the homeless? Should the neighborhoods that these folks are from be more responsible that others for bearing the weight of shelters?
Historic preservation privileges buildings over people. While it might sometimes make sense to protect a historic building at the expense of the local community, no one is served when we pretend the trade-off doesn’t exist.
Density means that social services are much more efficient to provide. As wealth returns to denser areas and most of the poor move to suburban areas we’ll need to re-think the models we’ve developed for caring for these folks.