Dear Editor: Listen up. We don’t need another event notification, we need a call to action that activates the community to address the affordable housing crisis in Madison. In “Neighbors invited to weigh in on E. Wash apartment project,” Nicholas Garton highlights how LZ Ventures is pushing to move along development plans for a high-rise apartment complex on the 400 block of East Washington. As an MD/MPH student who has lived in Madison area housing, I am disheartened how conversations and actions continue to downplay the impact these apartments pose on health.
High-rise apartment developments are contributing to the lack of affordable housing in Madison. As Madison’s population continues to grow, housing options in the downtown area have become limited which makes high-rise development sound like a positive solution. However, the issue is that they are offering market-price housing which fails to make housing affordable. Economic principles explain how the