juslanded2day 
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Re: “Ruling: Mini-Dorms Are Not Single Family Residences

As a new comer to town, who has seen and gone in one of the Goodman Homes... I can't understand how folks that cheered the Wildcats on during the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Men's Basketball championship play-offs, some of these same folks that live less than 1 mile from the Arizona University campus have signs saying "Goodman sucks" (which for some reason the city has allowed), and yet had other signs saying "Go wildcats". You just wonder how these folks could cheer on the Wildcats, and then say they don't want to have actual Wildcats students in their neighborhoods. But, of course Wildcat students are already in their neighborhoods, since everyone knows that just about everyone in these smaller non-Goodman homes rent to students too. Check out all the for rent signs in the same neighborhoods. So maybe it's just that the Goodman homes are too nice, bedrooms too big, bathrooms and kitchens too new? So, could it be resentment that we are hearing and reading about? Jealousy? Using the press and the city for personal business. No free enterprise in Tucson? Maybe your question to these protesters should have been: Why live so close to a university, when you actually hate having students around? Or perhaps another question: Is it possible that you are really upset because students would rather live in a Goodman-built home than your neighborhood home? Every other large college town has students living in large numbers within single family zones within 2 to 3 miles from the college campus. How can any college town commission actually take these protesters seriously. These Goodman student homes actually make the neighborhoods look better. Seen one lately? Messing with the guy that's building better homes for students is really upside down? Who cares about different names. AMERICA MUCH? Where would you rather your kid lived? These homes are attracting single military folks from the air base as well. You want to tell them that they can't live in a Goodman home too? These homes were approved because everyone in the city knew that they were good for the city. Now, because a few voices are protesting, mainly because they think that these homes are too nice for students and unmarried military people, the city folks are backing off, perhaps worried about the next election. But Tucson is a college and air base town and everyone can vote.

I suppose if anything really does suck, then what really will suck, is when these short-sighted protesting folks finally realize that the city's tax base is going to drop (and markedly) once these rentals cease and the property taxes on these rental home properties is reduced, should these protesters be successful in swaying the city. And when the protesters finally realize that their property taxes will rise significantly higher, to make up for the short fall in tax revenues (or their services evaporate), then perhaps these former proactive protesters will wonder why they had ever been so myopic.

Posted by juslanded2day on 03/29/2011 at 9:02 AM

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