Murphy: Affordable housing isn’t benefit

Posted 6/14/21

I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise (Mayor: City needs more affordable housing”).

I believe the first responsibility of any …

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Murphy: Affordable housing isn’t benefit

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I just read the article about the mayor’s proposal of creating affordable housing in Surprise (Mayor: City needs more affordable housing”).

I believe the first responsibility of any city government is to do no harm.

Proposals like this should first have benefit for the people already living in Surprise. I fail to see how low-cost housing benefits me or anyone currently living here.

To the contrary, low-cost housing has built-in negatives for current residents ranging from lower property values to crime.
I expect ideas like this from my teenage granddaughter — sincere, well-meaning but terribly naive.

Sound public policy should be based practical, realistic mature economic decisions not far left ideology.

Jerry Murphy
Surprise

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