WALKING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSINGIn mid-July, Blake Chambliss came through Paonia while out on a 800-mile walk around Colorado. The retired architect is trying to raise awareness of the state’s "affordable housing crisis." Housing is considered affordable if it eats up less than a third of your monthly paycheck, he said. A quarter of Colorado residents can’t find affordable housing, and the problem affects everyone.
Here in Paonia, about 15 people showed up to talk about everything from affordable housing to homelessness. One local builder told us about his low-cost hogans, while a group of older women told us about their vision for a mixed-generation assisted living community.
Local architect Robert McHugh helped organize the Paonia visit. To learn more about the People’s Walk for Housing Justice, visit www.peopleswalk.org or call 303-825-3604.
VISITORSLongtime subscriber Cathy Craig stopped by the office with photos from the June rampage of the disgruntled business owner who destroyed or severely damaged 13 buildings in Granby, Colo., including the town’s library. When asked how the community is doing now, Craig says you definitely need a sense of humor: "If anyone needs one, I know where they can get a 70-ton armor plated bulldozer." If you’d like to donate to the Granby Library Building Fund, send your contribution c/o WestStar Bank, P.O. Box 439, Granby, Colo. 80446.
Readers Tom and Paz Taylor of Mesa, Ariz., regaled us with tales of weaving, and of watching runners and burros race over long distances and high mountain passes. They had just watched a pack-burro race in Fairplay, Colo., that covered almost 30 miles. The Taylors are big supporters of the Bureau of Land Management’s "Adopt a Burro" program, which you can learn more about at www.adoptahorse.blm.gov .
Michael Smith, a reader and associate professor of natural resources at Northern California’s Humboldt State University, dropped by the office. He told us that his research shows that old-timers and newcomers in most communities are often not very far apart in their desire to control growth, but fail to come together because "the perception of polarity is there."