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Letter: Opposing housing change

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I have received several communications from concerned residents about the Tar River-University Neighborhood Association responding to the backers of the University Neighborhood Rental Incentive, who have begun a public relations campaign in advance of the legal action challenging the raised occupancy limit. They have portrayed TRUNA and other concerned citizens as politically motivated and unwilling to embrace change.

On the advice of our lawyers, TRUNA has not engaged in a back-and-forth discussion about the assertions made by the mayor and landlords’ group (University Neighborhood Association) in the articles of Nov. 4 (“Neighborhood effort has gaps to bridge”) and Nov. 10 (“Council tackles housing pains”), because it takes attention away from the central question of the illegality of the rezoning.

TRUNA and others have spent an enormous number of hours participating in planning sessions and task forces, and have made numerous suggestions (note for example the 2009 neighborhood plan on the city website), none of which have been pursued by the council. TRUNA is not a political organization. Our position on the UNRI is based on research into crime and rental rates, good city planning practices and the desire for a safe and attractive place for all the residents of TRUNA, including students, professionals, families and retirees.

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Why is this such a big deal?

Arean't there only about 40 houses that qualify for the 4 unrelated anyways? I mean will that really affect the quality of life in the university ghetto? I lived there as a student and had family live there as adults, but they knew they were moving into a student-centric area where crowds and noise were just part of the atmosphere. I personally looked at houses in that area, but chose to live off of 14th st in order to avoid the problems associated with the TRUNA area. Also, as a landlord in other areas and cities (not TRUNA) I'm wondereing why the opposition thanks this is some serious special interest movement, motivated by the possibility of unlimited rental income. I mean if you got $400 a bed, which is pretty high, then you're talking about $4800 more a year than the current 3 BR property is. Do you really think there is "serious" money backing the proposed change? Nope, just a few landlords trying to make a little more $.

Amen billyboy...

the University area has gone down for many years, but you can't just blame landlords, as many homeowners moved out and sold their homes for big $$$ to an individual who only wanted it for rental. Well said my friend, as this is not the only homeowner areas that have gone down this path.

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