Downtowns—like it or not—are epicenters for cities on a multitude of levels: they are (or at least should be) economic powerhouses that provide jobs, housing, entertainment, and cultural assets. After all, half the world’s population lives in formal cities that account for 80% of the GDP. In this sense, as urban planner and economic developer John Karras pointed out, successful downtowns are about growth and diversity—not just growth.
We can’t afford to cripple Downtown’s opportunity to become a thriving waterfront city that is considered a destination location for visitors and a great place to live for our residents... I ask our fellow residents to share their opinions with elected officials and urge the City Council to approve the Housing Element as recommended by the city staff without modification.
After completing an undergraduate education, the common expectation is that you will find a job welcoming you with open arms and a decent wage, that you will earn enough to find your own apartment and have enough left over to enjoy yourself on the weekends. More and more recent graduates are realizing this is more of a myth than anything.