Here is one of the places where I grew up. It’s called the Birch Lane Trailor Court, located in Hibbing, MN. Its not a great place. Living there I had no access to education facilities, transit, arts & culture, parks or play areas, or other services that make a community livable and great. Living in a place like this is like living under house arrest. This “affordable” housing was anything but. The high costs of energy, maintenance, and automobile orientation, in a location like this serves to keep poor people poor.
I know we can do better by building real affordable housing in real affordable neighborhoods. I know there probably aren’t any other kids from the Birch Lane Trailor Court that are in a position to address these types of concerns, but so long as I live, this experience and my committment to affordable housing will never leave me.