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Five years ago, developers and government officials in Ann Arbor launched a project to bring eco-friendly construction to the masses. It was a novel concept and very on brand for the progressive, affluent college town.
The idea was to have local government subsidize some up-front costs of green housing and reserve some units for lower-income residents; people who could never afford the solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and other expenses that ultimately lower energy bills while burning less fossil fuel. Luxury homeowners would live alongside families of modest income and people transitioning from homelessness, adjacent to 130 acres of wooded land.
In the years since, climate-friendly affordable housing development has become all-but-routine in Ann Arbor.