Tuesday, February 06, 2007

State of the Town

Drop Cap Letter: Here are some excerpts from my prepared remarks before today’s Westport Rotary Club.

I deviated from the text and did not say things exactly this way or in this order. But I stand by the remarks as outlined here.

I’ll also be delivering a similar talk to the Democratic Town Committee on Monday, Feb. 12 at 8 pm. at Town Hall.

We’re in great shape in Westport and we’re getting better all the time. In fact, our problem, if you can call it that, is that Westport continues to be one of the most desirable places to live in the United States.

It’s a problem because with a finite stock of real estate, people continue to bid up the price to settle here. And that makes it difficult for seniors on fixed incomes to remain…difficult for young people who grew up here to return….and difficult for our teachers, police officers, firefighters, and others who work here to live in Westport.

That’s why I am a strong proponent of affordable housing, workforce housing, and senior housing--but done on our terms and in areas acceptable to townspeople.

Yes we’ve been impacted by the recent housing slowdown, but certainly not as much as some places.

Not only do we have some of the best and most scenic recreation facilities…but we have an involved, caring community. The monies raised by the people in this room, and by hundreds of our neighbors, and donated to those in need set us apart from many communities. 

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