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What Vail needs

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

It’s not the government’s job to subsidize family housing.

So says those who believe Vail shouldn’t require a developer to provide affordable, for-sale condos for families. What Vail needs, they say, is seasonal workers, those generally young and single workers who live and work here for only part of the year.

Maybe it’s not the government’s job to subsidize family housing. But if that’s the case, it’s not the government’s job to subsidize businesses who need workforce housing, either.

Fortunately for families and businesses, some Vail councilors disagree with both of those statements. Faced with a seasonal worker shortage ” fueled by the lack of affordable places for rent ” and the swift decline of Vail’s middle class ” fueled by the lack of affordable housing to buy ” the Vail Town Council has a decision to make. Should Timber Ridge, an aging affordable housing complex, be renovated into rentals or affordable condos?

Recently elected councilors point out that they campaigned on the idea of bringing families to Vail. Their seats on the council would indicate that the voters of Vail agree that the council should make it a priority.

And Vail does need workforce housing. Vail businesses were short of workers this past winter and the problem isn’t going to get better unless something changes in the affordable housing supply.

It is the government’s job to take preserve its community and facilitate ways to keep that community’s economy running. In Vail’s case, the town should seek housing for seasonal workers and local families.

” Tamara Miller for the Editorial Board


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