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Meanwhile, the population of Gen Xers is not growing nearly as fast, and, in fact, might be declining. For a number of years school enrolment in Steamboat Springs and even its bedroom communities has been lagging. While there was a slight growth this year in one of the bedroom areas, near Oak Creek and Yampa, the same general trend holds true. Gen Xers from many ski towns seemed to have moved to the cities rather than endure the great expense of raising families in an expensive resort environment.
Steamboat Springs continues to grapple with the implications of these demographic wrinkles. A city planner, Tom Leeson, told The Steamboat Pilot that a task force on growth is looking at the rate of growth, why it is occurring, whether it is a problem and what tools the community is using or can use to help manage it.
In looking at the greying of Steamboat, the local task force wonders whether one consequence will be a less vibrant community. Dont get the wrong idea here grey-haired people in ski towns are by no means somnambulant sorts. Leisure for many is 100 days of skiing each winter, not a rocking chair. But, for the most part, they are having a good time, not engaged in running a community.
In Steamboat, answers are not yet clear, but the task force is reported to be considering what can be done to encourage a more year-round employment base, to retain younger, child-bearing people.
Affordable housing selling quickly
EDWARDS, Colo. Yet more evidence has arrived that the delivery of hundreds of new lower-end housing units in the Eagle Valley is being sopped up by a hot and hungry demand.
All but a handful of the 282 townhomes, condominiums and single-family homes that are being erected at the Miller Ranch, a project in Edwards, located 10 miles west of Vail, have been sold. This comes a year earlier than had been expected, reports the Vail Daily.
After the terrorist attacks on Manhattan and Washington D.C. in 2001, construction of speculative second-home mansions ground to a halt in the Eagle Valley. Instead, several major lower-income projects were begun in Vail, Avon, Edwards, and Eagle. Those construction starts were accompanied in some cases by warnings of an affordable housing glut.
The units, which range from $130,000 to $240,000, will not be completed until next year. Eagle County government is the co-developer.
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