Exceptional Interview - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1973239

Exceptional Interview

Your May 26 edition of The Southampton Press was an exceptional publication. It was not only chock full of informative and substantive articles on a very wide range of subjects — redrawn congressional lines, daring rescues on the high seas, mysterious plans for a legendary place of partying, congested roadways, affordable housing approaches and more — but it also contained a comprehensive interview with a local housing professional.

Your interview with Southampton Town housing chief Curtis Highsmith Jr. [“Q&A: Curtis Highsmith Jr. On The High Cost Of Failing To Provide Affordable Housing For Our Kids,” 27east.com, May 26] was notable because it gave the necessary space and words to cover a layered and nuanced subject: creating homes affordable to low- and moderate-income East End residents.

By providing Highsmith with the space to share his considerable experience, you allowed him to counter myths — that affordable homes decrease neighboring housing values, that residents of affordable homes come from far away — often heard from folks who think that they know all there is to know about housing, because they happen to live in homes.

The entire May 26 issue was excellent — the interview with Highsmith exceptionally so. Glad I subscribe.

Jim Morgo