Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A Novel Idea is Just Right for this Activist

The TimesUnion (Albany NY) recently reported on local resident Kirby White who has written a mystery in an effort to help low-income families who can't afford to rent or buy a house. What prompted the publication of his book was a parking garage being built in the shadow of the state capitol building.

The author, who is 69 and a longtime housing advocate and writer, toiled for years as an underpaid community developer in downtown Albany. He began the mystery in 1998, but decided to publish last year when the state launched a real parking garage on Sheridan Avenue. The state's goal: Park cars for 1,500 state workers in one of Albany's most neglected neighborhoods. White's goal: Raise cash to help locals get decent housing.

Read more about Kirby White and his mystery book here.

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