Brandon (the town in which I live) has a new ordinance stating that new homes can't be below a certain square footage... something like 1400 square feet for high-residency areas and 1400 square feet in low-residency areas.
Let me start by saying I think that's unbelievably stupid, and the government really ought to mind their own business and get their noses out of the business of private landowners. Thank you, that's all.
However, a few groups are up in arms because they believe that this is discriminatory against minorities. You know what's discriminatory against minorities? Saying that they can't afford 1400 square foot houses.
There are three phases in my neighborhood. Phases 1 and 2 have houses that are as small as 1200 square feet, but the newest phase, phase 3, isn't allowing houses lower than 1800 square feet. (That, I don't think is stupid, because it's not the government getting all up in the business of private landowners. If a guy has a giant plot of land and decides to build 400-square-feet efficiency homes, that's his dang business, and it's not hurting anyone in the neighborhood.) The landowner decided this before the ordinance.
Phase 3 has a lot of really, really nice houses, many more expensive than mine - I think they're all above $165K. Phase 3 is also made up of probably 30% minorities. Mostly black, but one family is, I think, from Pakistan. That's about the equivalent of the racial makeup of the entire state - the census from 2005 showed about 60% white, 30% black. Clearly, minorities can afford houses in this neighborhood.
Sometimes, people don't realize they're being silly. I am aware of the economic disparity between whites and minorities, but saying people can't afford something because they're of a certain race is ridiculous.
3 days ago