Lawsuits by Mr Pinkerton and the Justice Department, who argued that the city had violated the Fair Housing Act by denying housing due to the race of potential tenants, led to its eventual construction.
In late 2012, Deer Creek opened – three prairie-style apartment buildings with cement and brick siding facades, pitched roofs, and balconies for each unit. Eighty-six of the 102 apartments are reserved for renters earning much less than the county’s median household income of $ 81,000.
Mr. Chiovatero, 60, feels some justification in what the resort has become. He parked his car in a parking lot across the street on a recent windswept afternoon and nodded towards the apartments with a smile. “Does this sound like low income housing to you?” He asked.
It‘s the kind of place Mareza Landeros had thought was out of its price range, with modern amenities like granite counters, stainless steel appliances, and large closets. But last year, Ms. Landeros, 28, and her two children moved into a two-bedroom unit for about $ 700 a month, less than half the market rate.
“It‘s a very relaxing and enjoyable place,” said Ms. Landeros, who grew up in Milwaukee and works in nursing.
Still, she felt like an “outcast” in New Berlin, she said. Ms Landeros, who is Mexican-American, said she and her boyfriend, who is black, were harassed by police. As a staunch supporter of Black Lives Matter, she said she was baffled by the “Trump 2020” and “We Support the Badge” signs that dot many yards.
She avoids taking her kids to parks or other public spaces in New Berlin, which is 93% white, because it seems people are looking at them, she says.