Catherine Cockburn: Affordable housing is right and warranted |

Catherine Cockburn: Affordable housing is right and warranted

Catherine Cockburn
Breckenridge, CO Colorado

As a second-home owner, I’ve watched the affordable housing debate rage. However, the recent letter from Bob Norton of Breckenridge has me seeing red!

His comment, “projections on how many acres of open space should be carved up to support discount homes for low achievers,” is just so patronizing and plain wrong.

May I remind Mr. Norton that these “low achievers” teach his children school, they police his neighborhood, tend his injuries or illnesses, work in his local supermarket, manage or work in small businesses and banks, teach his kids to ski, groom the slopes, work in local government, serve him food etc.

I’m absolutely incensed that he has denigrated good citizens of this community, who are forced to pay exorbitantly high rents and can’t afford to buy homes at the commercial rate here.

The NIMBYs against affordable housing seem to trot out photographs of trailer parks and other less desirable neighborhoods, claiming this is what constitutes affordable housing. Yet of everything I’ve seen of projected affordable housing (and including the Wellington Neighborhood), these homes are attractive and blend in with the existing architecture of Summit County.

Mr. Norton, you need to apologize to these good people you’ve insulted, because next time they get called to an emergency at your home, they might find someone more deserving of their time to visit first!

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