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Commuting symbolic of down-mountain effect

I wanted to comment on an issue discussed in Nicole Formosa’s article about Hoosier Pass closures. The closures will affect those coming from the south to work here in the county. She highlighted what is becoming known around planning circles as the “down-mountain effect,” in which property values become so inflated that lower wage workers can no longer afford to live close to their workplaces. While the Summit Housing Authority does its best to develop affordable and attainable housing in the county, I feel this is an issue that should be high on the priority list of the county as well as each town. Workers commuting from other counties not only contributes to lost productivity and pollution, it erodes the quality of life and sense of community when a noticeable portion of the population leaves the county when it leaves the workplace.

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