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What do we expect when the city council gives a tax break to a developer to build 100 affordable home and 500 unaffordable ones? Every home build approved should be an affordable one until the situation is resolved...otherwise there's no one to blame but ourselves.
This article is like 12-proof whiskey: a couple of valid points, then a bunch of nonsense.Let me fix it (what the hell does inclusivity and diversity have to do with all this?):keep raising the minimum wage, and keep hindering business by other means; keep raising taxes on everything and everybody; make every parcel available for open space; keep encouraging immigration, especially illegal; subsidize everything for the sake of social justice; absorb as much of NAU's housing burden as possible; allow the largest segment of Flagstaff's transient population - NAU students - to dictate policy; keep alienating state and federal representatives and agencies; keep electing ultra-left members to city government; keep implementing globalist building standards - and globalist anything, for that matter; keep thinking inside a particular political box (liberal); tell residents to be responsible for others' shortfalls (darn social justice again); advocate for more inane and unworkable energy solutions; promote more stringent environmental regulations; and above all: care more about political grandstanding and less about reality. There. I fixed it.
I can't believe the market for any type of housing is ridiculous! I know a number of former lifelong Flagstaff residents who had to leave because of the lack of affordable housing or because of rezoning of certain city streets in Flagstaff, mainly in the Westside and Southside of town. I grew up on the Southside and had always thought that I would always Love in a place that I loved and cared so much about but as the years went by I saw the gentrification of the Southside slowly take over giving way to either the universities needs or the developers hoping to cram students in apartments renting them by the room. Now that leaves us folks that either grew up here or were forced to leave their homes to make way for growth. I think the city council really needs to beat someone on some of these developers that only create these apartments for student only types residences and focus on actually families that are looking to live in the city for either work or getting up there families especially the ones that are life long residents. It's not uncommon to hear of former residents now living in the valley. Flagstaff it's only known as a place to either cool if it to ski for the folks in the valley. Sad to have to leave the place that I loved and grew up in. Please fix the housing situation before it gets out of control make Flagstaff affordable again!
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