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Taking Workforce Housing Seriously

<p>The wide range of housing prices in a Milwaukee suburb -- offering affordability for all -- is no accident.</p>
December 21, 2006, 7am PST | Deborah Myerson
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A Milwaukee suburb has achieved a rare thing for most cities: a community with a diversity of housing prices, particularly options that are affordable for working-class households. The city of Hartford has accomplished this feat without architectural requirements or developer fees, but with a few rules: developers must provide a mix of housing types and prices in each new project. For its part, the city seeks to make development permitting a quick and predictable process for builders. As a result, Hartford's housing stock ranges in price from $100,000 to $400,000, about 40 percent of its residents work within the city, and property taxes have fallen each of the last four years.

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Published on Sunday, December 17, 2006 in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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