Affordable Housing: Nobody Knows What It Means, But Politicians Never Want To Be On Wrong Side
Anyone who has not lived in a liberal inner suburb such as Arlington, Virginia may have a difficult time understanding the emotional freight that the phrase "affordable housing" carries in local politics. It is an issue on which candidates campaign, on which activists make officeholders feel guilty and on which a remarkably forceful social service coalition, anchored by churches and nonprofit organizations, can amass lots of political power. Nobody is ever sure exactly what "affordable housing" means, but nobody running for office ever wants to be on the wrong side of it.
~Alan Ehrenhalt's article in The Governing Magazine titled "The Magic Word: Affordable"
HT: Tim Wise