Cracks in the foundation
As Sierra Sun reporter David Bunker has highlighted in a two-part series, “Worlds apart” on Friday and “Caught in the middle” in today’s paper, Truckee’s robust housing market isn’t necessarily a healthy situation for our residents on the lower end ” or even in the middle ” of the scale.
Having one segment of our community living in conditions that you wouldn’t want your family members living in isn’t good for any of us.
The Truckee market has boomed largely because of folks migrating from other desirable areas with their hard-earned dollars. The catch is that for current residents who are trying to earn their money, it’s hard even to rent ” let alone buy into ” the American Dream.
In Truckee it will cost you about $539,000, the median cost of a home in our increasingly not-so-modest little burg.
And no, you can’t point to the east and say the solution to Truckee’s affordable housing dilemma is Reno. Start adding up the costs of such a commute on a greenskeeper, dishwasher, or clerk’s salary ” it doesn’t compute. It doesn’t get much better for our cops, firefighters or teachers.
That’s why we support Town of Truckee efforts like inclusionary housing, mixed-use and granny flats. The more options we have means the people who make up the foundation of our community, like those listed above, will have the option to stay in Truckee.
As we’ve seen in recent years, it’s very easy for a community to become top heavy with big homes. But if that foundation is lacking, cracks throughout the entire structure will start to appear.
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