If stopping development is such a good idea, why have property values collapsed at the same time that development has shut down? Didn’t property values actually increase dramatically when new development was happening? Prices shot up from 1995 to 2005, the same time that we had a large increase in housing and have fallen since housing slowed in 2006.
The economic impact of housing – the jobs, the new stores, the revenues to local governments, the parks, the schools, etc. – all help make a community strong. The proper balance of housing, open-space protection, support for agriculture, etc. is what works well. Brentwood is a prime example of this approach. Having everything on one side or the other can be a disaster.
Maybe these people writing letters to the editor yearn for the old Brentwood of pre-1990. I certainly don’t. Unlike them, I am proud of our city and only want to help get it moving forward again.
If you really believe that shutting everything down makes sense, then take a look around. Welcome to 2010! The current economy, housing values, crime rates and lack of opportunity is apparently what they had in mind.
Kristine Stoker, Brentwood