Back when residents in the mobile home property called Blackbird Roost faced eviction by the owner Kings House Inc., I wrote a letter wondering why the city couldn't have been more proactive and gotten control of the property from Kings House to avoid what became a shameful event caused by an indifferent, money grubbing, out-of-town corporation.
Now according to a story in the Daily Sun, the question of what the city should and can do to address a low-cost housing crisis has come up again. The former Blackbird Roost property, as many know, is a disheartening drive-by eyesore; condemning it and paying off Kings House Inc. so that the city can return the property to low-income housing would show that Flagstaff is serious about addressing a problem that's been around a long time, and that Northern Arizona University does not own this city.
Mayor Evans and Councilman McCarthy are on the right track by their comments in the paper. Rick Lopez's suggestion of keeping the zoning as is should be taken into account as well.