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Help for the hopeless

Dear Editor:I read Scott Condon’s article on the lack of affordable housing in the midvalley with interest (“New generation feels hopeless over housing,” July 25). Here are some things that local governments can do to get started:First, help Eagle County relocate their road shop and redevelop the current site on The Hill for affordable housing. Second, use Basalt’s land at Willits for affordable housing. Third, work with the school district to build employee housing along the perimeter of their downtown site. Fourth, develop a financial plan to acquire both the Pan and Fork and Roaring Fork mobile home parks so that they can be safely redeveloped according to the river master plan. Basalt has talked about a sales tax increase and they should dedicate 100 percent of it to this critical issue.We have been “fiddling while Rome burns” but can take some immediate steps to improve the situation if the political will exists.Robert SchultzCarbondale

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