Wednesday, December 08, 2021

We need real housing for real people, not luxury condos

| November 21, 2021 1:00 AM

Sandpoint is about to gain its newest eyesore in the form of "luxury condos" going up at the corner of Fifth and Cedar.

I couldn't help but laugh out loud after looking up the real estate listing, and felt better about myself once I envisioned the type of mutant ego it must take to spend $1.6 million for a small apartment with stunning views of a surplus store, a Domino's pizza joint, a gas station, and the booming noise of truck traffic along Fifth Avenue. Shame on our city leaders for approving and capitalizing on this elitist monstrosity — all three stories of it — stuffed onto a shoebox lot and blocking sight of the artistic murals on the historic Fosters Crossing building. If this is the "affordable housing" they are tirelessly campaigning for then I definitely need a raise. Dollar by dollar, we are losing the heart and soul of our city. Sandpoint doesn't need million-dollar condos with ten-dollar views, it needs real housing for real people.