Dave Chappelle Caught in Affordable Housing Row

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    The Facts

    • A plan for affordable housing in a development of Yellow Springs, Ohio has been cancelled after comedian Dave Chappelle threatened to withdraw funding.

    • He spoke out against a revised plan that would've included duplexes, townhouses and 1.75 acres of land reserved for affordable housing at a Village Council meeting on Monday.

    The Spin

    Narrative A

    Regardless of Chappelle's role in the plan being rejected, the council let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Now Yellow Springs, which admits it has an affordable housing shortage, has lost a project that could've helped solve the problem.

    Narrative B

    Chappelle hasn't opposed affordable housing, because there wasn't any to oppose. Oberer is a for-profit developer that was only going to reserve limited units for Yellow Springs to later complete. The revisions were about profiteering, not addressing the shortage of affordable housing.

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