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Effects of Local Elections

I was asked today by a customer, "Steve what affect will the elections tomorrow have on real estate and home building."

My thoughts, summarized of course. First I think that the current state of anti-growth in Porter County is beginning to reach it's natural end. Our commissioners have shown little energy or strength to combat this obviously failed policy. If we stop growing, we stop creating jobs. We need the jobs.

In Portage I think that Dave Highlands untimely death portends a classic power struggle in the Democratic Party, with the winner facing some unknown Republican in November. I think the Democrats will hold their mayor's seat, but lose some council seats. Does it even matter? Yes, because we need office holders that believe in growth. Doug Olson believes in growth, will his successor?

In Valparaiso, Jon Costas will coast to an easy victory.  Then, surprise surprise, Dave Buterfield former mayor for 20 years will throw his hat in the ring to face Jon in November. This is a battle over "old" Valpo and "new" Valpo. Growth and job creation will be in Costas' court, and anti-growth and going back to the old ways will be in Butterfield's.

I post occasionally over at Porter County Politics, go there for more aggressive writers on polical issues in Porter County Indiana. Home builders in general are hoping that job creation will remain a key strategy of our elected officials.  To "save the birds or whales" and forfeit our own kids seems a bit crazy.

In short, pro-growth candidates are good for home building and good for affordable housing and good for real estate values. Anti-growth candidates would run up prices and tax into oblivion, while rendering homes unattainable for working class families.


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Kimberly Wester
Valparaiso, IN

Steve- I have never viewed it in this light, but I think you are absolutely right.  I building ceases, home prices will rise and make living in Valpo unattainable at most income levels.  Very valid point.

In the battle of 'old' vs. 'new' Valpo, I have always found it perplexing that there seems to be no give on the either side.  Ironically the only one who seems to be able to find the balance is the man at the center of it - Costas.  Growing up, I was always told that Valpo was a money town, but under Butterefield's tenure there seemed to be a resistance for progress which only translated to a lack of maintenance.  Costas has managed to really improve the aesthetics without losing the spirit of the town itself.  He has done a great job, IMHO and not to mention he seems like a genuinely nice guy.  Too bad I can't vote for him as I live outside city limits...

May 16, 2007 12:42 AM #1
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