Residents feared low-income housing would ruin their Wisconsin suburb. They were wrong.
NEW BERLIN, WIS. — When John Blaguski first heard about a proposal to build an affordable housing complex near his home in the Milwaukee suburb of New Berlin, Wisconsin, his mind drifted to stereotypes of crime-ridden, shoddily constructed projects.

“If I wanted to live by low-cost housing people,” he wrote in an email to the mayor at the time, “I would have stayed in Milwaukee County.”...

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Ken Notes: I remain amazed that we have no problem shopping, staying in hotels and dining with individuals yet raise a red flag when confronted with living in the same neighborhood as those not on the same socioeconomic level as us. This is the real problem with our economy. We could thrive on diversity, remove working families from poverty, and learn from each other if we just worked together. I will also suggest that government is not helping by creating a system that rewards individuals not willing to work with income and housing. I remember moving in the right direction with the Tommy Thompson plan for workfare and the expanded job market more recently. Now that I have offended both political parties I will finally suggest -- we can not rely on government, we need to rely on each other...



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