Letter: College grads are pulled, not pushed

To the Editor,

I am writing in regard to your article of March 7 entitled Wealthiest towns unaffordable for young.

The idea that the cost of housing in Rye is driving 20 and 30-somethings out of town is clearly another attempt by the lobby for taxpayer subsidized housing—Community Housing Innovations—to promote their agenda.

The real reason many recent college graduates choose to live elsewhere is because of the attractiveness of the big city in terms of the number of people their own age, an active night life, and a much larger canvas on which to paint their lives. These things just aren’t available in small town Rye, or many of the other towns included in the report.

Community Housing Innovations’ thesis would have more credibility if Rye’s population was shrinking. Instead, per U.S. Census Bureau data, Rye’s population has increased by 758 or 5 percent.

Additionally, the thesis would make more sense if the proposed taxpayer subsidized housing was to be marketed to local residents first as opposed to the consent decree mandated primary focus on non-Westchester residents.

Bob Zahm,
Rye