Juma Mkomwa walks his children, Arbay, Mohamed and Halima, to the school bus stop near the family’s home in Northview Heights on Oct. 10. (Photo by John Altdorfer/PublicSource)
For PublicSource, I wrote Booming Lawrenceville has priced out some residents. Would inclusionary zoning prevent displacement? Inclusionary zoning can create affordable housing in high-priced neighborhoods. In recent years, Lawrenceville has lost many moderate- and low-income residents, including its Somali Bantu population that now mostly resides in public housing, five miles from the school their children attend.
“Are we really providing opportunities for families to live here — for people to really grow roots in the neighborhood?” — Dave Breingan, executive director of Lawrenceville United.
“The Somali Bantu children that once walked to Arsenal schools each day now bus in from other neighborhoods — about 150 from Northview Heights, according to Patti Camper, principal of Arsenal 6-8.” Read more at PublicSource.