Public housing improvements a plus

Published 9:53 am Wednesday, June 27, 2012

There is much to be glad about concerning the recent improvements in the three public housing communities operated by Franklin Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

Improved security and tightened enforcement of policies are creating an environment that is more pleasant and safe for residents, while not encouraging criminal activity.

These developments coincide with a decline in crime in Western Tidewater, including the city of Franklin. These are positive trends that couldn’t be happening at a more important time.

It is no secret that significant changes in the city’s demographics have created many challenges for community leaders over the last couple of decades. The shrinking of Franklin’s middle class has coincided with a decline in public school performance and an increase in gang and drug-related crime.

All of this is happening at a time when the city and region are fighting to reinvent its economic identity and recruit new business partners.

But signs that the crime rate is falling and living conditions in public housing are improving are indicators that the community is moving in a positive direction.

Certainly, residents who rely on public housing are experiencing the benefits of positive new leadership at FRHA. It may not be long before all city residents will reap the benefits.