As a longtime Oak Parker, whose family has benefited from the economic and racial diversity of our village, I am highly supportive of the efforts to make Oak Park more affordable for middle-class and low-income families. For this reason I support the efforts to pass an inclusionary zoning ordinance.
I also urge the village board to pass an inclusive housing law that would require a set-aside of 20 percent of newly built units in high-rise buildings for affordable rents for lower-income people.
While this will affect developer and building costs, the social cost of losing the economic diversity of the village will be higher over the long term. Oak Park has always been a national leader in inclusionary housing. These new laws are necessary to preserve the economic and racial diversity of our town.