3. The final report of the Public Participation Working Group was sharply critical of the City’s current processes for obtaining the public’s opinion about important issues, and recommended many changes to these processes. Do you agree with the report’s conclusions and recommendations?
As a college town in which the college houses under 25% of its students, it is not especially surprising that much of the City housing stock would be rental. One of the clear impacts of this high concentration is that housing prices are driven up due to the potential for an investor to own a single-family home and use it as a rental to cover the mortgage, which is easy to do because of the high rental demand. There is also an economic incentive to rent to more renters than allowed by the City occupancy codes, which can have negative impacts on neighbors.