Saturday, December 26, 2009

Neighbors Oppose Land Trust House

Happy Boxing Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and spending as little time as possible on the computer.  However, here at our house everyone (except the breakfast cook) is sitting around the dining room table surfing the internet or playing games on their laptops. This is a good time to catch up on the news, and today I find two articles about one of the Land Use Clinic's clients, the Athens Land Trust. Unfortunately the news is a controversy about a house the Land Trust is building in a local subdivision called Forest Heights.  The editor of Athens weekly Flagpole covers the dimensions of the problem as well as I could, and there is also a good piece in the Athens Banner Herald.  It's a not uncommon fight about affordable housing in a middle class neighborhoods, with an anti-modern architecture twist. The staff and board of the Athens Land Trust (which, in full disclosure, includes my husband) is a wonderful, talented, goodhearted group and they're taking a lot of heat for trying to do the right thing.  I hope for a good outcome.

Jamie Baker Roskie

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