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Had a job in Estes Park years ago, the local brewery dumped the mash out back and all the elk congregated there for a treat.
If good times roll again AH will be in the forefront as it is used as a political tool to harass the doers and slow growth. The function of this program is as much political as it is about housing.
The lure of guv-money and OPM makes a tantalizing morsel for social engineers looking to practice their wheeling and dealing. Problem is that we end up holding the bag.
Good observation Scott, Over the decades businesses that would compete for the low paid workers have not been allowed a foothold here.
Affordable Housing has the carrot of government money that drives social visionaries into a trance. The downside is that we end up in deep trouble chasing this carrot. It seems that they envision themselves as mighty hunters going after the OPM prey, all the time majoring in minors.
Last week the Pilot came out advocating Affordable Housing which has destroyed trust in local government and makes todays proposal appear to be "what's Nest" as we throw up our hands. We have so many irons in the fire as everyone wants to be a visionary, and projects just can't wait, while the voters try to orient themselves. It is a good thing that pot is readily available.
This type of confusion reflects on the community as a whole and finger pointing compounds the issue. If I have an employee not up to par it is MY problem.
The voters are not In a mood to spend so we have those in charge deciding to move ahead assuming that they know what is best. The voters know this and automatically become suspicious. Let's go back to square one and do it the right way. In the past projects were turned down but in the end they were approved. Getting over sticker shock takes time. Some of the foolish decisions have taken a toll, trust must be earned.
It's noble to give away free stuff, what could possibly go wrong? The private sector magically has all the checks and balances built in over time, and those qualified to dabble in such matters end up running things. They also have skin in the game and take the risks leaving the rest of us to get a good nights sleep.
Spending OPM seems to bring out all the wheeler dealer wannabees. It is a chance to practice with no skin in the game.
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