Archive for March 11th, 2008

by jhwygirl

Mayor John Engen’s essential workforce affordable housing initiative, titled Housing in Missoula: A Community Conversation, will debut in a public meeting to be held this Thursday at City Council Chambers at 140 Pine Street, at 7 p.m.

Notice of the initiative was first discussed at the February 25th city council hearing when the Mayor unveiled a 20 minute video, produced by MCAT.

The video is intended to initiate a community-wide conversation on the housing – the rising cost and the impacts it is having on community character, local business, the local economy and, as the video suggested, economic growth.

A packet containing local housing data will be available at the meeting.

Just in time for this conversation, oddly, the Missoula Organization of Realtors removed its market data and trend information from its website.

To be fair, that may have more to do with them trying to maintain the high prices on Missoula housing (that they’ve played a part in) through the Bush-influenced, banking-industry-run-amok recession that we are currently experiencing than any denial of the shortage of essential workforce housing here in Missoula.

by jhwygirl

Missoula’s Office of Planning & Grants has added a calendar to its webpage, showing all upcoming meetings, along with links to agendas of those meetings.

Perhaps it’s been there a while? I’ve not noticed it there before, but whenever I’m on their site I’m usually there with a mission, and I don’t look around for stuff I’m not looking for.

Either way, it’s good to see it. I’ll be putting it on a new category of Links for Missoula and Montana government information. Guess I’ll title that Citizen’s Info.

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