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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

If development makes an area too expensive for folks of modern means to live in, should it be allowed?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 25, 2017 at 2:43 PM

It is no secret that at best, I consider developers to be a necessary evil, and at worst, a blight on society. This thought is never far from my mind as I travel through parts of town where folks of modest means once lived - but shiny new apartments and businesses have taken the place of inexpensive dwellings.

True, some of those homes may have been trailer parks or older houses, duplexes or apartments, but is creating an atmosphere where the original inhabitants can no longer afford to live really in the best interests of our community?

I think the answer you are searching for is no.

In fact, whenever I see a new development in certain parts of town, the first question that goes through my mind is, “I wonder what happened to the folks who used to live here?”

Fayetteville history is rife with the stories of working class families who have moved to West Fork, Springdale, Elkins or any number of other communities, simply because they couldn’t afford to live here anymore.

These are not only consumers, but also voters who are moving away.

Some call it gentrification, but it might more rightly be called civic immorality.

As a character in a famous radio play might well have put it, “Tain't funny, McGee.”

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