The conversation has to change.
Government officials seem to automatically start any conversation about housing with the words "affordable" or the more politically correct “workforce housing”. It’s true that need exists but our issues go deeper than the traditional low rent housing project can resolve. That’s because it's not just people who can't begin to afford paying more than a grand a month for an apartment who are having difficulty. Highly paid professionals are finding it tough to get into the kind of place they would like to call home. Those who would like to downsize are looking for a quality experience and not just the cheapest place they can find.
Port Executive Director Jim Knight knows he has a sea lion problem. He's right when he insists that the Port should not be stuck with finding the solution or the entire bill for that solution. He is sighting in on groups that would benefit from less sea lions in the river. It's just his targeting system that may be a bit askew.
Should we continue with this idea? That was the question city staff was looking to the Astoria city council to answer last week after hearing a presentation on the proposed new library project.
The very rough numbers placed the potential cost at upward to $40 million, give or take a few million.
Should the city pursue an entirely new library? The price tag is breathtaking.