DEAR EDITOR:

When did “affordable housing” become a bad word? When did hard-working Americans become someone we didn’t want to live next to?

Communities need to have housing of various prices in the same community. People are at different stages of life (and tend to move up when they can, and downsize when they are ready for that as well). I think a community is richer when we build for all of them.

The Sprayberry Crossing development may not be perfect, but it is a good opportunity to be better than we are for the long term. Having amenities and shopping included in the plan reduces the need for travel (live-work-play). Having senior living units may mean your older parents have a place to live in your own community (and they tend not to drive as much during rush hour as well).

I hope we can stop fighting just for the fight, being unwilling to listen to the other side. What has existed in that location has definitely not been good for our community. I hope we can figure it out.

Shelley O’Malley

Marietta

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