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Wednesday, Mcch 30, Itr HM


Pae Seven-

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Housing key issue'
in Ward Two race'

Mayoral candidates debate

(Continued from Page 1
Wheeler said.
SLAUGHTE: added, "Do we

(Contived from Page 1) that it's easier to take the bus really just want to build another'
to task. It's ai lip service." than drive your car" wind tunnel like Tower Plaza?"
Reiner said the city s hosild Greer: hields said he favors Wheeler blames city bureau-
hire more inspectors and levy providing more line buses. but cracy for the slim number of
heavier fines on landlords who, would limit the routes to main hcusing proposals which, have
violate the code. streets rather than disturb resi- been submitted for Planning
dential areas. Commission and City Council
L I B E R T A R I A N candi- Morris said she would like to approval.
date Greenshields suggests that see buses scheduled later in the While favoring increased hous-
more housing would be built if evc .'ng and wants to improve ing in the downtown area.
the city's zoning laws were the response time of Dial-a- Slaughter called for construction
phased out. of housing on a "cooperative ba-
"Zoning is keeping us from' Ride. Eo osn na"oprtv a
"thingisNeONOeFEing cnddaesssis, rather than a free enter-
havg adequate housing I NONE OF THE candidates is prise, profit-making basis."
touW' he said. "It keeps hous-I certain that providing more
n rom be bil ee s parking pace would help alle- "HOUSING is a basic right,"
All three candidates, howeverIviatethe city's traffic problem. she said. "People shouldn't be
s three cntho e The more parking places you making a profit on something
oppose rent control.; have, the more you re encourag- that everybody has to have."
"Thatdoesn't help at all." ing cars." Greenshields warned, A recent report compiled by
Greenshields said, citing a New adding he opposes construction'the Wheeler-appointed Mayor's
York City study. "It really coy- of any new parking facilities Blue Ribbon Committee on Fair
ers up the problem; it doesn't ,downtown. + osn rcie a eon
solve- it. It makes it worse."- ' Housing Practices has recom-
Reiner said he, too, would not mended that the city take steps
MORRIS SAID although she favor construction of new park- to make the University assume
oryposes rent control, she would ing structures, more responslibility for housing!
like to see some sort of "rent MORRIS SAID sh bItsestudents.
gouging" ordinance to regulate the city's worst parking pAccordn to a recent federal
those 'few properties whe ms are on campus and in othe government report, Ann Arbor's
rent is really out of line"sre housing vacancy rate now
All three candidatescited road University Hospital area, not stands at 0.7 per cent. Vacancy
repairs among their chief con- She suggested that the Uni-- rates below seven per cent are
cerns.dnconsidered a housing monopoly.
"Maynard and Thompson versity build one new structure
"Mya rdk an Thomgo near the hospital and 'provide a "THE UNIVERSITY must
have chuckholes big enough toj commuter lot on North Campus.!brasutnilprtohu-
drop a Vwkswegen in," Reiner ;Morrisadded that she favos bear a substantial part of hous-
said. H added that some city ig for married students and
streets are in such poor condi- te consgstucti r of one addition- those who want to live in dormi-
tion that the must be completea parking structure downtown. tories," Wheeler said.
ly rebuilt., not just -repaired. he also sar he avors a syss
Grensheld co~pline tht teat of peripheral parking ..lots
Greenshields complaed that with buses connecting the lots to
the city's 'stre its are in "hor- the downtocwn area.
rible condition and have lacked h s gt s
proper repairs: "We have to do REINER ALSO supports pen- MH iG
repair work that's going to last, Epheral parking.
not that's going to crumble in "There have been so many
six months time. people who said it wouldn't G LEE
Roads. he said, must be fixed work," he said,b "Nobody's
so that "you don't shake your red it."
fillings out and shake your car jGreenshields said he doesn't
apart" s know whether such a system
Morris said road repair has would be helpful. "Let them
ben mentionedtobhe.more aighten out their act with the S turd y
than any other problems. present transportation system
before they start doing this." 8:00 p.m.-
ALL THREE candidates woauld Th'addts gedta
like to see an expansion of the{he constructiondidates agreed that
city's bus system. sonltrbetinned hrgh tsTickets$
Reiner said he is the only Re- should be financed through
publican Council candidate who rates rather than by general as- at Hill B<
supports public transit as an al- sessment, so that only people
ternative to the city's proposed who use the facilities would be
circulation plan. paying for them.
"The average person on the
street does not want to give up
his car," Reiner noted, but he
added, "We just don't have any
more room for any more cars."

However, he added, "I don't parking problems, housing
know where the money for this shortages, and the entire down-
new housing is coming from." town revitalization plan.
Belcher stated that the possi- "The issue of parking," Bel-
bility of converting St. Joseph cher said, "is closely related to
' Mercy Hospital into a dormi- that of downtown housing."
tory, following the hospital's
move to new facilities, has the Proposals for constructioni of
F mve o nw fciltie, hs te ;additional parking facilities in
most potential for a solution tothdton araghasem
part of the student housing the downtown area has emerged
partof he tudet husig as a controversial issue on City
shortage in the near future. Council. Republicans have an-
E MUST force upon it (the gued that new parking struc-
WEiUST)orcthe demand that it tures are necessary to the revit-
nprovide mre housing," Slugh- alization of the business dis-
. ter added. "The University is trio: Council Democrats, how-
leeching on the city." ever, favor expanded mass tran-
sit plans to serve the area.
All of the candidates support t
a bill now In the state legisla-4 "IF WE BUILD high density
Lure which would reimburse; downtown housing," Belcher
cities for services, such as fire said, "We're going to have to
and police protection, used by a have parking to go with it. Even
'tax-free organization such as the if people use fcet and public
University. transportation, most people have
Slaughter also favors im- at least one car, and are going
proved inspection of city housing to have to have some place to
but, she says, rent control is put it."
also necessary. ;
In 1824, Simon Bolivar, ruler
"WHEN A landlord is faced of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecua-
with making repairs (because of dor and Peru, broke Spanish
inspection violations)." she said, power in South America.
"there is nothing to prevent him
from raising rent." The first gold was found in
Both Wheeler and Belcher op- Australia in 1851.
pose rent control, although -
Wheeler says he could consider
the possibility of selective rent
control in certain areas of the )
Belclh r stressed that city
problems often run togetherM
citing the relationship between
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