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Housing variety crucial

This is in response to the letter of Aug. 9 regarding affordable housing being on the slippery path to communism.

Please, take a deep breath and count to 10. Mr. Phillips is correct to criticize Nevada City for its nonperformance in planning or developing some affordable housing for its residents and work force. I live near Nevada City and agree that local officials, planners, and some residents have dragged their feet for many years as the prices of land and houses have escalated way beyond “affordable.”

Somehow, in our highly polarized local community, the ideas of planning, affordable housing, and community needs have become tarred and feathered with labels like socialism and communism.



We are not hermits in caves. All of us benefit from a community that fosters family values, including education, affordable housing for working people and their children, and community fathering places to entertain and interact with friends and neighbors. A healthy community attracts and retains some balance in age groups and employed versus retired citizens that reside there. A variety of housing types and price ranges is critical to Nevada County now and for the future.

Joan Field




Nevada City


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