Density Denseness


I will not say how I received a copy of this letter, but I think it is very relevant to my recent blog posts regarding low income housing:

January 10. 2012

Dear Superintendent Vinson,

VDC Sachse Reserve I, LLC is making an application for the Housing Tax Credit Program and HOME Program with the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs for Woodbridge Estates, located at the NW Quadrant of Woodbridge Parkway and HWY 78, Sachse, TX 75048, in Collin County.

This new construction development is an apartment community comprised of approximately 100 units, of which 100% will be for low-income tenants.

There will be a public hearing to receive public comment on the proposed development. Information regarding the date, time, and location of the hearing will be disseminated at least 30 days prior to the hearing date.

Sincerely,

Janice Delgado
VDC Sachse Reserve, LLC
Janice Delgado, as agent
4733 College Park, Ste 200
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone (210) 530-0090
Fax: (210) 530-5060
Email: janiced@versadevco.com

I am greatly concerned because the thought is that there will be about 200 children from this development headed directly into Wylie ISD should it be approved and receive its funding.   Now I don’t want to burst anyone’s rosey colored bubble here, but 100 units of low-income housing is probably going to equate to more in the neighborhood of 325-400 impoverished children. 

In a previous blog post, I had worked out the cost to educate illegal aliens.  This cost can be applied to any poor children making their way into Wylie’s school district.  Let’s take a look at these figures.

Using an average cost to educate students in Wylie ISD of $4K every year, we can quickly calculate that the 200 students the developers claim will attend WISD will cost taxpayers $800,000 annually.  If we calculate this number using real world calculations of say, 325 economically disadvantaged students, they will be costing the district a whopping $1,300,000 annually.  Yes folks, that will be you and I picking up that bill, especially so when the district budget was recently handed a huge cut in state funding.  Oh sure, head count will only add to our funding, but it won’t make up anywhere near what these students will be costing us.  I would expect the district to be handing the taxpayers an increase if this occurs, wouldn’t you? 

I know this post will piss off some of my more liberal friends.  They have a name for us, NIMBY or Not In My Back Yard people, and probably they also have a few other more colorful names for us as well.  Despite that, this old NIMBY adage does hold some merit. 

For every article I can find from the liberal crowd calling lowered property values and increases in crime due to low-income housing a fallacy, I can find an article that shows that those things indeed do happen when low-income housing is brought into a community.  If you are looking for low income housing, we don’t need to put out the welcome mat for these housing units, hells just look around.  We have inexpensive homes and Habitat for Humanity picking around Wylie.  If you had enough income or wealth to afford a $400K house, would you look in Wylie for it?  Oh Wylie is cute and cuddly and all, but it can’t compete with Murphy or Fairview if you are looking for a rural feel and good schools.  Nope, Wylie is simply not a draw for the upper classmen and now it will never be.  Those lovely homes in Seis Lagos whose children attend Wylie ISD will remain a secluded island surrounded by mediocrity, and we have our current and past city councils to thank for that because they never had the foresight and vision to take advantage of the fantastic lake real estate and make something of it, really make something.  Nope, with low-income housing will come bus routes and the buses will bring even more fetid people calling Wylie home, ultimately making the situation pretty tempestuous and then that word called ‘flight’ will slowly enter our vocabularies.    So it will begin.  Those citizens who bring any semblance of class and wealth to the city will slowly make their way out to areas that fit the mold a little better.  This is how cities are ruined.  Everyone tries so hard to welcome diversity and that is noble and all, but in the real world like clings to like.  All one need do is look to Highland Park and West Plano as proof.  Hell, nothing could prove this more to me than growing up in the city of Detroit and being part of the Urban Flight, leaving Detroit a veritable ghost-town for decades.  Thus, Wylie sits frozen at a stage in time where things could go either way.    

This brings me to the topic of the 55+ low-income housing project in the works eyed next to Target.  I do realize that there are elderly people in Wylie who cannot afford the upkeep of homes any longer and don’t wish to move to Garland or Plano in order to afford a place to live.  I get that.  What I have a problem with is that the two projects are planned practically within walking distance of each other.  High-density low-income housing can never be a good thing.  Oh sure, naysayers will complain that I am exaggerating with the term high-density but my response is that this is Wylie we are talking about.  We are talking about putting 2 low-income housing projects in an area that does not have a high population.  This is not the same thing as putting 2 of these side by side in the city of Dallas.  We need to get real about this.

I think that every taxpayer in Wylie should attend this meeting and let their voice be heard.  We may not live in Sachse, but it will be our taxes that will be paying for these children.