Provo’s central planners believe that our city’s current residents include too many short-term renters and not enough long-term homeowners, and so they hope to exercise the city’s coercive/manipulative powers to rebalance Provo’s demographics over time to achieve the renter/owner mix that they prefer (see V2030 1.5 & 2.1 & 5.3; V2050 1.5 & 2.1), prevent people from moving quite as often, and work with other municipalities to help redistribute Provoan home-renters to other parts of Utah County (see V2030 2.3; V2050 2.3). This will partly involve taxing us to subsidize our neighbors who want to own homes (see V2050 2.3.2). They likewise want to ensure that each neighborhood will house a diverse mix of age ranges (see V2050 1.5.8), although it’s not clear how they hope to achieve this—perhaps every city block will come with a mandatory elderly couple? In any case, we believe that politicians should NOT be choosing their constituents, nor deciding who lives where.
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2030
- Provo: Provo City Vision 2050
- Joaquin Neighborhood Journal: “Provo–‘green’ or paved? That is really just one of the questions…” (2011 Jun 23)
- iPetitions: Creating Stronger Neighborhoods for Provo
- GrittyPretty: “Provo…Paved?” (2011 Jun 29)