New subdivisions in Columbia, Ill., must have houses made mostly of brick after a city council decision to rid expansion of vinyl siding.
I guess that is a relatively innovative way to keep the poor and middle-class out of a neighborhood. Make the housing expensive under the guise of “class.”
Jerry Rombach, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Greater Southwest Illinois, said the ruling means "it's clear that Columbia doesn't want to grow."
If growth means more poor people, he is clearly correct.