Asheville needs much more affordable housing. This point is widely accepted, yet small groups of property owners continue to argue against it. In the opinion piece “Poor and Poorer” [Aug. 18, Xpress], the writer referenced his “poorer,”“nuisance” neighbors with their unkempt lawns, broken-down vehicles and loud parties. While some people of every economic class can be inconsiderate of their neighbors, many of these poor people are actually people like me.
I work full-time at an environmental nonprofit. I vote in every single election. I am a volunteer bicycle mechanic. I am an actively engaged community citizen. I don’t have loud parties. I don’t have broken down cars. I keep my grass short.
I am saddened by property owners who fear those of us living below the $45,000-a-year median income. It is my hope that those neighborhood advocates take the time to meet more people like me. There are a lot of us in Asheville, and we would like to be your neighbors.
— Lindsey Simerly