Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"Modern Justice"? Yeah, it kind of is.

Arrestingly creepy headline in the NH&RA lobby group's HousingOnline newsletter: "Modern Justice: Former Federal Courthouse Is Renovated Into Workforce Apartments in Kansas City". The article is behind a paywall but anyway it's the headline I want to talk about.

"Workforce housing"? How can people in a democracy get used to a policy buzz word that finds places for citizens according to their economic functions? It's a totalitarian phrase, "workforce housing," whether it applies to American company-town cottages or Soviet steel-town apartment blocks or for that matter even a courthouse conversion project that for all I know is perfectly nice, in fact it probably is.

Anyway, feh.

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