To ensure that “every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of,” HUD has published a new fair-housing regulation intended to give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.
The goal is to help communities understand “fair housing barriers” and “establish clear goals” for “improving integrated living patterns and overcoming historic patterns of segregation.”
“This proposed rule represents a 21st century approach to fair housing, a step forward to ensuring that every American is able to choose to live in a community they feel proud of – where they have a fair shot at reaching their full potential in life,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.
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What this sinister gobbledygook of anodyne phrases reveals is an ongoing effort to rearrange our communities by people who don’t live in them, according to ideas and notions that range from naive to completely absurd.
Welcome to CRA 2.0, or perhaps it should be called subprime 2.0.
HUD would have us believe that government can somehow magically “give people access to better neighborhoods than the ones they currently live in.”
That isn’t how things work.
What makes a neighborhood better or worse is THE QUALITY OF THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE. The competent and the capable tend to self-select into better communities. The incompetent and dysfunctional likewise self-select into bad communities.
Someone plucked from a bad part of town and dropped into a nicer subdivision is not going to somehow become worthy of living in that better neighborhood. He or she will not suddenly adopt and exhibit the good qualities and behaviors of their new neighbors. Rather, this person will go right on thinking and doing the same bad things that put them in the bad neighborhood they were plucked from, much to the detriment of the community they have been forced into.
HUD seems to be operating on the belief that people can be made better by altering the environment in which they exist. Not really. Not when the environment that exists is of the making and choosing of the people who live in it. Environments don’t create people, people create environments.
Human beings have an uncanny talent for self-selecting into the communities to which they naturally belong.
I live in the best neighborhood I can afford. If I want to live somewhere else, somewhere better, that means I have to learn how to make more money than I currently do. The only thing holding me back are my own talents (or lack thereof) and the willingness to work harder and smarter than someone else.
In other words, if I want to live in a better place, I have to better myself.