You can find a dozen explanations for why the lawsuit seeking to block plans to rebuild public housing in Galveston failed.
You can, if you choose, believe that this is a miscarriage of justice. You can cite it as an example of the “moral and political corruption that the poverty industry spreads throughout the city.” And if you believe that strongly enough, you can contribute to the Galveston Open Government Project, the nonprofit group that was behind this lawsuit. The organization is raising money for an appeal.
But the reason this lawsuit failed was that it claimed that the plan to rebuild public housing units destroyed by Hurricane Ike would concentrate those units in poor neighborhoods north of Broadway.
That claim is wrong.
Before the storm, there were three public housing projects with 569 units north of Broadway. The plans call for rebuilding two mixed-income developments on two of those sites. Some of those units will be market rate. Fewer than 200 will be public housing units.
In the next phase of this plan, public housing units will be built on scattered sites.
You could make a credible argument that this is the most radical deconcentration of public housing in Galveston’s history.
The argument that it concentrates those units failed because the numbers were wrong.