Ontario County feels high cost of growth
#1 Jan 15, 2008
I can't understand why the town is approving all these new homes, more money yeah, but it's just not the same, and it's too late
#2 Mar 5, 2008
This economy is going to go quickly from recession to depression. It will last longer than the two years top economists predict, and will possibly last for five to eight years, with a slow recovery. Fuel costs will soar. Food costs will soar as well. The dollar will continue to collapse. In this environment, CDGA does not have the ability to support this population increase. Home values, already low in the area will depress heavily. People will lose their homes. Homes may even go vacant.
The area has only its beauty to support it. And if it's isn't absolutely beautiful it shouldn't be built. These houses are the work of a misguided government. It's foolishness. Does anyone remember what happend in canandaigua during the fifties, sixties and seventies? I do, and it was depressing as hell. Trying to make a living in the area was painful. Well intentinoed people in government are unfortunately lousy economists. There are still depression era ramshackles in the surrounding countryside, from the great depression. The erie canal was supplanted with rail and trucking, the money from NYC stayed closer to home, people lost their ability to have second homes upstate (only recently revived), farm goods were produced for less in the midwestern states, and canandaigua was and still is simply too far from anything to attract commercial investment. The only asset the area has is beauty. It should be protected at all costs. It is the family inheritance. The only useful investment in town would be in a university, and preferably a Jesuit one that focused on liberal arts that would not attract people that would conflict with the values in the area. This would attract external capital to the area, and increase the talent pool, and eventually attract investment. It would increase property values. And it would not require transportation of materials, and is environmentally low impact.
We just saw, in the last few years, the only real economic peak in the area since 1900. It is not going to get better for a long time. We have to pay for sixty years of financial mismanagement, and it's not going to be either fun or pretty.
Foolish ignorant people acting too late, and with poor judgement. It's ridiculous.
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