Don’t know much about … (insert musical notes)…affordable housing
Posted by bsflag2007 on Saturday, March 24, 2007
This is not going to be a “pile on” Stacy Spann piece. For those of you who don’t know, Mr. Spann is HoCo’s new Housing Director. He was on stage at the Association of Community Services luncheon last week. It was an unusually full house.
I’m refreshed by his candor. He said (from Sun article) : “I’m just stunned that all of these eyes are watching me,” Spann, said, adding that he had expected a small group. “I’m absolutely overwhelmed. It did not occur to me there would be this much interest.”
OK, maybe it was more an admission that he doesn’t have the requisite clue to take on this important task — but I think he can be forgiven for being surprised that people are actually interested in solving the affordable housing issues plaguing HoCo. This is the kind of issue that gets lip service all the time – with no real political, economic or social will behind it.
The person in charge of trying to figure out how to find ways to provide affordable housing in an area with an overheated, or at least extremely valuable, housing market could reasonably expect to spend his tenure pushing papers around, doodling calculations and ideas in the margins that are never going to materialize.
Maybe Mr. Spann has a plan, and will be energized to put it into action now that he has seen the level of active interest the community “players” have in this issue —
—though I’ve been to enough children’s birthday parties to recognize the particular brand of excitement exhibited at the luncheon …. it reminds me of the excitement of the pinata…. and Mr. Spann, it looks like you are the pinata — get ready to be beaten with sticks from all directions.