Wednesday, January 03, 2007
White Flight Tactic Lands Realtor In Hot Water
The City of Merrillville has filed a complaint with HUD against a local realtor it says used scare tactics in fliers to encourage north Merrillville residents to sell their homes. Deborah Laverty of the Northwest Indiana Times reports those fliers informed the residents there was legislation pending in the legislature in which a portion of Merrillville was to be incorporated by the city of Gary. Mary Ann Winslow, the accused realtor, blames her own inexperience and a person she met with from Gary "who she believed to be a high person of authority" for the erroneous information about the supposed annexation. Her attorney defended the fliers, saying it made no specific reference to "race, creed, ethnicity, sex or religion." He also conceded she "might have used bad judgment." That's an understatement.