24 Jun

6 Solutions

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“I’ve got a song, I ain’t got no melody
I’ma gonna sing it to my friends
I’ve got a song, I ain’t got no melody
I’ma gonna sing it to my friends

Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?

I’ve got a story, I ain’t got no moral
Let the bad guy win every once in a while
I’ve got a story, I ain’t got no moral
Let the bad guy win every once in a while

Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?

I’ve got a dance, I ain’t got no steps, no
I’m gonna let the music move me around
I’ve got a dance, I ain’t got no steps
I’ma gonna let the music move me around

Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?

Well, well, now oh
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?
Will it go round in circles?
Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?”

Billy Preston

“Hey! What would it mean to you
to know that it’ll come back around again?
Hey! Whatever it means to you,
know that everything moves in circles.
Round and round we go…
who could’ve known it’d end so well?
We fall on and we fall off…
existential carousel.”

Incubus

“Oh, Now I’m blue and feeling down
Once you leave, baby, I’ll come around
No matter how bad things get
I’m telling you, Life will be better when you’re not in it”

James Cotton

Watching the activities in the valley recently got me thinking about where we went wrong.

We’ve have people marching in the street demanding that taxpayers build government housing for retail employees.

You have those who live in affordable housing speaking out against new affordable housing going in next to them.

You have wildlife lovers calling for a doubling of the town’s population, adding more traffic, and allowing the existing downtown core to fall into ruin.

Proposals to raise your taxes are on the ballot, much of which will be used to, um uh, solve the problems?  What if they make the problems even worse?

At a town meeting, a conservationist bemoaned the lack of housing for restaurant workers, but in the same breath, bemoaned the inability of some restaurants to open because of a lack of employees.

But what if, like many other things, we have too many restaurants? Hmm.

I skulled it out and came up with this:

If businesses can’t get employees, they can’t open for business. If they can’t open for business, they stop being in business. When they stop being in business, they don’t need employees. When they don’t need employees; the employees don’t need housing. When employees don’t need housing, we don’t need to spend millions on housing employees. When we don’t spend millions on employees, we can fund (insert your favorite things here).

Because, when businesses go out of business because they don’t have employees, they no longer need to drive to work. Same with the now nonexistent employees. Also the patrons – the patrons don’t drive. When they don’t drive, we don’t have a traffic problem. When we don’t have a traffic problem, we don’t need to spend 10’s of millions on traffic stuff. When we don’t spend 10’s of millions on traffic stuff, we can acquire more (insert your favorite things here) or open space. If we acquire more open space, we won’t have as many places to build big houses. If we don’t build more big houses, we won’t have big house owners driving. K? MMM K.

I may be wrong, but this feels like the market at work. Might be a Quentin Tarantino type version of the market but, maybe we should just let the market sort it out.

Unlike some conservationists in the community that want endless numbers of houses to be built at the expense of our natural environment, I want to, like a famous man named George once said, “Stop this crazy thing.”

This is a continuous circle that spirals into out of control, sprawled growth.

Here are 6 ideas that could stop the problem now and protect the valley:

1. Whatever commercial is going to be built, put it downtown or in Teton Village. Do not create other commercial nodes. If you don’t want all the low-paid service jobs of the tent camp-variety, stop allowing them.

2. Cap all hotel rooms at 1994 levels. If someone wants to build a new room, they have to make an old one disappear.

3. Do not build endless numbers of units for workforce housing. Build small projects of 10 and 15 every couple of years. If you need more, build in Alpine and Victor.

4. Stop allowing big homes in the county to be built at the same rate. Limit the building permits to 5 per year and auction them off to raise money to buy (insert your favorite things here).

5. Do not build anymore Rec Centers, Libraries, Centers for Things, Schools, Bus Facilities, and that kind of stuff.

6. If you can, leave.

 

 

What do you want?

Do you want to protect this place?

Really?

Or do you only want to protect it so to get a piece of it for yourselves?

3 comment on “6 Solutions

  • Nah, I’ve got a perfectly good shovel. I’ll just keep digging.

  • why is it a company must grow? why not stay small ?

  • You’re right, this is the market at work, but that doesn’t mean it’s pulling us towards a healthy equilibrium.

    An economy that’s bumping up against housing as it’s limiting factor won’t self-adjust to the point that housing isn’t a problem. It will hover at the tipping point; that’s where we are now.

    A community that doesn’t offer any entry-level housing opportunities cuts itself off from regular folks being able to start a life here. That would be a huge loss for Jackson. These are people that have diverse backgrounds, diverse experience, that are young, that want to raise a family, that want to build equity out of hard work. These are people that have a lot to offer this community.

    People have always had the option to leave, as you have pointed out. Well, they do leave. That’s not a solution to the problem, however, that IS the problem.

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