Across the West, resort towns are facing a livability crisis. Luckily, advocates say, this problem can be fixed.
Originally published in OutsideOnline.com on Sep 22, 2021 / Author: Laura Yale
It’s no surprise that mountain towns across the West have a problem. The pandemic-fueled real estate boom has priced out locals from Bozeman, Montana, to Bend, Oregon. In the Colorado towns of Ouray and Telluride, housing shortages have led to worker shortages, forcing businesses to operate at reduced capacity. And in Crested Butte, Colorado, the 2021 school year began without school buses, because the district can’t find anyone in the area to hire to drive them.