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Mayor Masiello should listen to Millard Fuller, the founder and president of Habitat for Humanity, when he says that his goal is the elimination of substandard housing.

This is not a fantasy -- it is achievable. The mayor would do well to set a timetable to eliminate substandard housing in the city in 10 years or less and set intermediate goals. His appointed commissioner of revitalization should live or die based on achievement of those goals.

The mayor must also bring all parties to the table, including the members of the religious and non-profit communities, who will soon exceed the city's achievements with little funding and no profit. He must abandon the current milieu of funding things that benefit politicians and generate money for developers.

To improve the city, Masiello must concentrate on removing blight and salvaging the empty units to benefit the poor and working poor.

Rev. Thomas Perl Buffalo

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