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July 28, 2005

Reactions to my "Sprawl" Column

Several readers respond to my column in Wednesday’s Times, in which I argued that governmental measures to curb “sprawl” are driving up the price of houses beyond reasonable levels. Here’s a man from Tennessee:


If you want to live in a high-dollar market, you have to face what that means in terms of housing prices, and you have to adjust your expectations to meet that.

I lived in Seattle for much of the 90's, LA for a while after that. I really loved LA. I surfed Malibu four days a week at six AM, and was in to work by 9. I saw Matthew Perry so often at starbucks we always nodded hello. Jamie Lee Curtis was an acquaintance. I ate extremely healthy food and lifted four days a week. Friends got me in to screenings on the Paramount lot. Life was grand.

But I was paying $3,800/month rent on a 3-bedroom townhouse, and eventually my pocketbook just couldn't support my lifestyle.

Now I live in wonderful Nashville Tennessee. I have friends in low places, no movie stars, my surfboard collects dust. But I have a paid-for brand-new two bedroom townhouse with the best view in the city.

Priorities.

And a woman from Bothell:

You left out one thing, the odds of my boys getting married, having children, AND living near me are greatly reduced. They will have to marry working women if they do live here, and odds are I will have to retire and take up daycare to see my grandkids more than once a year on a holiday.

Respond to Bruce.

 
Posted by Bruce Ramsey at July 28, 2005 02:56 PM



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