In order to keep a developer from building — gasp! — apartments on a parcel of land on the Cahaba River, the city of Vestavia Hills (the wealthy-but-not-as-wealthy-as-Mountain Brook suburb of Birmingham) bought the property for $1.8 million. This was done explicitly for the purpose of keeping the riffraff out of Vestavia’s school system. I am not exaggerating, or casting false aspersions:
Council President Greg Canfield said deannexation would protect the Vestavia Hills school system from an influx of students from the apartments, but deannexation wouldn’t protect the environment.
They’re talking about the river. Protecting the river is nice, so a few brownie points there, but let’s face it — this is all about keeping the wrong kind of people — apartment people — out of Vestavia Hills.
(Full disclosure: my father lives in Vestavia Hills and my brother graduated from VHHS. A reader informed me of this [that is, of the story, not where my father lives or my brother went to school] last night, but unfortunately I don’t have his email here so hat tip, whoever you are.)