City-imposed restraints on land use for economic development stifles diversity in types of jobs, homes and – ultimately – success in our community.

Pushing new job creation into surrounding counties is a barrier for people without reliable transportation, those who use public transportation and people who rely on child care that doesn’t have extended hours.

Focusing only on infill redevelopment increases inequity and gentrification in our neighborhoods. Too often, longtime residents are displaced by gentrification, and many families can’t afford to buy homes they had been renting for years.

Home prices across the community become out of reach. Only five new homes were built and sold in 2020 for under $200,000. Overall, the number of homes under $200,000 sold in the past 12 months decreased 20 percent from the year before — a trend certain to continue, according to the PVA.

The median home price is now $255,000. Even people making $20 an hour would need a raise of more than 70 percent to afford that price.