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A Lovely Piece Highlighting the Human Costs of Fredericksburg’s Lack of Affordable Housing

Fredericksburg Trailer Park circled in red.  Note how isolated it is from the rest of the city, by a power line and an arterial roadway.  (Click to enlarge.)

Fredericksburg Trailer Park circled in red. Note how isolated it is from the rest of the city, by a power line and an arterial roadway. (Click to enlarge.)

A recurring concern of this blog is Fredericksburg’s problems with affordable housing, and particularly how the civic culture of our small city shapes its openness to broadly diverse residents.  Since I last addressed the subject last winter, little has changed; indeed, the city has recently recommended rejection of a new downtown development that would add 110 units of relatively affordable housing (the key term here being “relatively”).*  In this morning’s Free Lance-Star, I found a lovely piece by Lindley Estes about the fate of the Fredericksburg Trailer Park and its residents, which speaks directly to the real and immediate human costs of Fredericksburg’s affordability crisis. Read more

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