Demand for housing never went down because people thought they could price in the Promise into their house... like a self-installed satellite radio in a car. The problem is that people were buying them! The true demand for housing never saw a long-term decline, as job openings from our local corporations helped offset some of the other business closings in your upper middle-class areas.<quoted text> Funny you say that because el dorado real estate is way higher than it should be for an area like ours. The pop decline should've made it dirt cheap. The absurd inflation has nothing to do with road access. What a crazy ridiculous excuse you just made up for yourself. I'm glad those families donate so much to the town too because if they didn't we would be even worse off. But my gosh if everything done in to town isn't for those people or with their permission. If a handful of people weren't dictating every move we make maybe we would be better off, focusing on job creation instead of desperate and futile attempts to make us a party town.
The declining of mid-America communities has been set in motion since the 1960s, as transit becomes more vital to a balance sheet and petro prices continue to rise. Businesses locate to interstate access, and people migrate to jobs. So, yes, access to roads has everything to do with population declines for towns like El Dorado.
We are blessed to have people investing in our town. If it was YOUR money, you'd micro-manage the aspects you'd want to see out of your investment, as well. Their attempts are not to make us a "party town." As I previously stated, the festival/entertainment industry has been the 2nd highest revenue generating sector in the past two years. Local small businesses are created from the drawing of people from different areas coming here to enjoy events. Our highest population, baby boomers, are retiring with hoards of money. They can spend it all in Branson, Hot Springs, Shreveport, etc. Or we can encourage a "piece of the pie" to be spent here. Pretty simple, really.