LETTER: Carriage-house rentals offer moderate-priced options

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Accessory dwelling units like the carriage houses in the IBJ story are becoming more common across the country in areas where they didn’t previously exist [Carriage houses offer homeowners supplemental income, space for guests, Oct. 31]. At least in some of the Center Township neighborhoods that are surging, there’s already an architectural vernacular standard set that makes them less intrusive.

In some parts of the country where affordable housing is a greater problem, their construction is introducing affordable housing into areas in which there’s a great need, though not without controversy—partly because it invariably increases density, but also no doubt because it brings a moderate-income population of renters where they previously didn’t exist.

Eric McAfee

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