Lost in this boom in Chapel Hill is the very necessary need for affordable housing for staff and graduate students. Commuter trends show that a vast majority of staff and students live outside of Chapel Hill. Affordable housing is practically nonexistent in Chapel Hill for staff members, coupled with the fairly low wages garnered as state employees. Why are none of these developments offering any type of housing for this particular subset of the population? To truly generate the tax revenue and increase the tax base needed to thrive, town leaders must encourage developers to consider all socioeconomic groups with such developments.
Indy Week • 302 E. Pettigrew St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
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