Our View: Craig, America
Craig Editorial Board
- Bryce Jacobson, newspaper representative
- Jennifer L. Grubbs, newspaper representative
- Bridget Manley, newspaper representative
- Allan Reishus, community representative
- Chris Runyan, community representative
- Ken Wergin, community representative
Craig Let's read between the lines.
It would be understandable for the residents of Pine Ridge subdivision to oppose the possible Frazier East annexation if they were concerned about any and all development around their neighborhood.
Most of us likely can relate to people wanting to keep their scenic views and spread out spacing.
That's kind of why most of us live here.
But that isn't what Pine Ridge residents are afraid of.
It's not any and all development; they just want the right kind of development.
And that means no poor people.
At first, there were traffic concerns.
The developers agreed to move commercial real estate away from Pine Ridge and pledged to only develop the annexation if the state allows them to build a southern access on Colorado Highway 13 to divert traffic.
The developers also agreed to build more single-family homes by Pine Ridge, so that those homeowners would have a more contiguous neighborhood behind them.
That wasn't enough for the residents of Pine Ridge.
At the Craig City Council meeting June 24, protesters from Pine Ridge packed the chambers at City Hall to oppose "affordable housing."
They would be fine if the annexation developers wanted to build only single-family homes, the kind of "nice place" project that would attract professionals, such as doctors and professors, as one resident put it.
But not affordable houses for the middle class, or those "scum" - as was said on the Daily Press online forum - that might even be below middle class.
We say that's un-American.
As we gather around this time to celebrate our country's independence, we should remember that our Founding Fathers fought a revolution against oppressive aristocracies.
Pine Ridge residents - by their comments made in Council chambers - think they have some aristocratic right to that land.
Congratulations to those whose success has allowed them to buy a home with a yard on top of a hill a little ways away from town.
But this success does not mean you can forbid the lowly among us from living near you.
The one single dream of America is that every person has the opportunity to make his or her own way.
The people of Pine Ridge don't want that. They would rather Craig establish ghettos for the poor and middle class.
Why can't the city build apartments by Columbine? they asked.
Speaking of Columbine, this development better not have government-assisted housing, they said.
Never mind that affordable housing is exactly what this community needs to grow and prosper.
Never mind that these residents are putting their own prejudices above the needs of the community and other peoples' opportunities.
If you're scared of the poor, move to Steamboat Springs.
This is Craig, America, and we make our own way.