It's a win that would have been impossible without the Core Four victory last year. Elections have consequences, dontcha know.
But there's a big asterisk on that win, one that I can't help noticing because it is literally in my backyard.
Along with a lot of downed tree limbs from last night's storm.Holy crap my yard pic.twitter.com/WfNNFFkevw— John Deeth (@johndeeth) July 6, 2016
Actually, my front yard. Riverfront Crossings is next to, kind of part of, the Miller-Orchard neighborhood, where we've lived the past nine years.
My house is literally in this picture.
Miller-Orchard is what I'd call working class, a few empty nesters, a few couples with first starter home fixer-uppers, with a noticable trend toward students since Roosevelt School closed in 2012. We're also a neighborhood without much political clout, as the Roosevelt closure proved.
And that kind of sort of helps explain why this move was relatively smooth, and less controversial than, say, if they'd mandated affordable housing out on Kennedy Parkway.
Riverfront Crossings is a great foot in the door for inclusionary zoning. I personally hope to stay in Miller-Orchard long enough to see it become a reality and welcome my new neighbors.
But I also want to see how the neighbors react if we try mandatory inclusionary zoning next to Windsor Ridge.