Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Housing & Worker Losses

I got a comment on my post about out-migration from John Mertz of the Key West Neighborhood Association. Here it is:

Thanks for posting this; someone else had just forwarded it to me.

You know, they have been talking about "affordable" (workforce, call it what you may) housing for over 15 years now. Much palaver, little action. (Roosevelt Gardens...and before that, in the early Nineties, can you believe it---The Shipyard!!!)

Some said it would take a crisis to fix it, and that is where we are now.

If we'd been serious fifteen years ago, it would have been a lot easier. As it is, it looks like it's up to the current crop of politicans to fix it. I hope they can do it without throwing out the architectural safeguards that have kept this Island from totally losing what ambience remains.

But I don't know, when I see things like this HARC meeting on Wednesday, and the Harris School craziness, it makes one wonder, just how much longer Key West can be enjoyed by it's full time residents. Or at what point it becomes clear that we are an overpriced dump, no matter how fine the weather is in February.

Here's another slant on it from a recent Keynoter.

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