The boy scouts from Mt. Olivet Church troop 167 want answers. Specifically, they are worried about affordable housing, gentrification and a livable wage for low-income people, especially along the Columbia Pike corridor.
Max Ferlauto and Jorge Gomez stood with Charlie Phillips as he asked the board for answers to these issues during public comment. They and their troop attended the first hour or so of the Arlington County Board meeting, on Saturday, June 16, to complete part of their Citizen in the Community badge.
The questions brought out the professors in the board.
Board member Chris Zimmerman explained that land values drive rent, not the other way around. He gave an Economics 101 lesson in supply and demand.
Hynes said the county took five percent of the budget approved in April--$33 million--in an effort to increase affordable housing in the district.
Vice Chair Walter Tejada largely agreed with the boys. "You are right on target actually. Your concerns are valid," he said regarding affordable housing, "Our track record is really bad."
The county can do little about a livable wage other than paying it to the county employees, the board said.