The Newsroom: Councilman Kevin Spears, the NHCS civil suit, affordable housing

Apr 2, 2021

 


On the latest edition of our new program, The Newsroom, host and WHQR Managing Editor Benjamin Schachtman sits down with Wilmington City Councilman Kevin Spears to discuss affordable housing (or, rather, the lack of it), creating jobs, and systemic racism.

Then, WECT investigative reporter Ann McAdams discusses the history of the complicated and disturbing lawsuit against the New Hanover County Schools district, and what might be next.

And, a deep dive into Wilmington's affordable housing crisis, featuring in-depth reporting by WHQR’s own Rachel Keith and Rachel Lewis Hillburn.

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Links and resources for this edition:

  • The Garner Report (technically, the Competitive Realities Report, a critical companion to Jay Garner's Pathways to Prosperity: New Hanover County’s Plan for Jobs and Investment. You can find the 'Balkanized' critique on Page 10 of the CRR).

  • WECT’s Ann McAdams and Emily Featherston produced a four-part special on allegations of the ‘cover-up culture’ at NHCS. Find part one (and links to the rest) here.

  • Spring 2017 report from the joint Wilmington-New Hanover County ad hoc committee on workforce and affordable housing -- highlighting many of the key problems and issues that are still present four years later.