Letter writer: Liston, Grady and Payne offer hope for rent moderation

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I was just pleasantly surprised when I found the powerful overpopulation statement on [Asheville City] Council candidate Richard Liston’s website under affordable housing. He looks able to understand how effectively municipal contraception can reduce rents, though it does make contraception a major threat to property values, so I hope he’s a tenant.

Others are right that St. Lawrence Square is a bellwether issue. If that lot becomes a park, so will every other city-controlled lot; and if that happens, rents will skyrocket. Not only will parks limit the housing supply, but they will also increase demand as affluent gentry from all over outbid local tenants to enjoy all the new parks.

Meanwhile, Asheville workers will be forced to break their gas budget commuting in from trailers in Landrum, S.C. So vote against anti-housing candidates like [Brian] Haynes and [Keith] Young because they have promised to raise your rent. [LaVonda] Payne, Liston, and [Joe] Grady show the best hope of moderating rents.

— Alan Ditmore


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3 thoughts on “Letter writer: Liston, Grady and Payne offer hope for rent moderation

  1. annie butzner

    Please consider the residents of Vanderbilt Apts and Battery Park. 368 units with important citizens live there and want to use park. Human capitol generates economic capitol. Do you discuss views with individuals affected by outcome? Do you ask citizens what they suggest? Those who made our city? Try observing, broadly contemplating, and connecting before planning for other people.

  2. OneWhoKnows

    I believe those apts are already heavily SUBSIDIZED by taxpayers, right ? Shall we fund your leisure benefits too? Taxpayers are not here to pay for the non taxpayers, sorry.

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