by Travis Mateer
It’s important to keep track of scope and scapegoats when you’re in the whirlwind of ZOOM!
First, on the scapegoat front, the usual target of Municipal/County redirection efforts when local policies are being skewered by brilliant documentarians (the state of Montana) has been temporarily replaced by County Commissioner, Josh Slotnick.
By what, you ask? By NATIONAL DEMAND says he at a recent appearance on KGVO.
One listener complained that the reason why housing is so expensive in Missoula was because too many people are moving in, rather than just visiting as tourists, to which Commissioner Slotnick provided this response.
“What is costing so much money is that we are the victims of intense national demand,” said Slotnick. “We’re growing at an incredibly rapid pace and thanks to the ‘ZOOM’ phenomenon, people who work on the coast can now live in Missoula. So they’re working off of a wage scale that is not ours, but living here and then applying those funds to this housing market. Exercising that demand far more than anything else is pushing the cost of housing up. We have national demand and local supply.”
Yes, Slotnick is now emphasizing (with my bold assist) the ‘ZOOM’ phenomenon causing us to grow at “an incredibly rapid pace”.
So what should the scope be? Especially since these things called “mountains” constrain where things can go?
Obviously a WHOLE NEW TOWN needs to be built (emphasis mine):
“Because so many people want to be here, we can’t keep up with demand and the fact that so many people want to be here is the essence of our prosperity,” said Josh Slotnick, Missoula County Commissioner.
Slotnick says the local government needs to create infrastructure so development can follow. That includes sewer, water and roads.
“We’re doing it on a scale that hasn’t been done in Missoula County in the build area which eventually could hold up to 20,000 Missoulians,” said Slotnick. “We’re creating what could essentially be a whole new town.”
That is TOTALLY sound reasoning and nothing–like some everything bubble conjured to eclipse that little housing bubble–can derail the immense scope of what Missoula County Commissioners are dedicated to facilitating.
Good times are here forever, Missoula!