County Board member Walter Tejada recently was honored with the Livable Communities Leadership Award by the Coalition for Smarter Growth, which lauded Tejada’s support for affordable housing and transit in the Columbia Pike corridor.
As board chairman in 2013, Tejada “demonstrated outstanding leadership in making the case” for the need for a streetcar system to drive economic development and provide for retention of affordable housing in the corridor, the organization said.
“He spearheaded innovative housing policy and funding strategies to preserve and add affordable housing in the Columbia Pike corridor as it redevelops,” said Stewart Schwartz, executive director of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. “The affordable-housing strategies championed by Walter will be a model for other jurisdictions.”
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