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August 4, 2013

Column: Owning a home may end up nothing but a dream


In many cities, a car is not only going to be more expensive to own, but also difficult to use, as bike lanes eat up a portion of heavily traveled streets. As a biker in the northeast, that seems fine to me in the summer. But I’d sort of like enough room for my car in the winter.

Add to that the reality that millions of Generation Y – the cohort that has entered the workforce since the start of this century – are burdened with so much student debt that they can’t even think about buying a house in the suburbs.

Beyond that, we are told it is a moral imperative to have jobs, housing and transportation all in the same place. It’s all about sustainable living. So what if it takes an override of local control to achieve that? It’s all for the greater good.

The Obama administration and virtually every Democrat alive profess fierce loyalty to “choice,” but apparently that only applies when you make the politically correct choice. Otherwise, government will choose for you.

Might be time to put that dream house on the market.

Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net

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