Everyone on the forum should read this article.
Fort Worth needs 17,000 more affordable-housing units to serve the lowest income segment of the population, city officials have determined.
What is "affordable housing"? I don't know an exact number, but I know that it is not any of the current projects being planned in the inner city, which are mostly - if not all - billed as "luxury lofts" and the like.
This is what I am harping on all the time in terms of urban redevelopment - housing is going up, but who is going to live there? It all caters to those among us who have the most choice, leaving nothing for those with less resource for choice, but who still need a place to call home.
In fact, they are already calling those places "home," without four walls or a roof.
Jane Jacobs talks about the concept of Turf, in which planned housing - either institutionally planned housing for the poor, or high-end housing projects - fracture our city into different Turfs, contributing to the sense of "otherness" with which people of different classes and incomes view each other. This in turn contributes to dangerous streets, because people don't look out for each other when "others" are on their Turf.
Turf is toxic to cities, and yet Fort Worth and many other places are already fractured by them.
Back to my original point - affordable housing needs to be provided sooner than later. There has to be a developer out there that can provide basic, clean, new structures for people to live in, especially in areas where land tax values are still not exhorbitant.
These places have to be near transit, so putting some cheap apartments outside the loop is definitely not a solution. These have to be infill developments.
Fort Worth's homeless population is not going to get any smaller if this doesn't happen. Will it completely solve the problem? No. But building nothing for people with lower incomes will virtually guarantee the continuation of the problem.
ETA: Don't miss the subheading "A Cycle of Cruel Frustrations"