Bronzeville group wants to increase property taxes to fund affordable housing on city lots

A group called Housing Bronzeville wants the city to set aside 26 percent of city-owned vacant lots as affordable housing and fund the developments through a 0.9 percent increase in Bronzeville property taxes, according to reports in the Trib and RedEye. The group says there are about 1,156 such lots in the neighborhood and says the affordable housing would be available to families making between $34,000 and $51,000 a year.This from one local man: “If folks continue to be pushed out, you won’t have that [economic mix] that Bronzeville once shared. You’ll have a lot of, excuse the expression, buppies.”

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