To be completely honest, I think it’s a little hypocritical of us to complain about issues like affordable housing, when few of even show up to vote. Everywhere I turn there is a young person bitching about not having this, or not having that. Like some dope-ass-apartment Downtown was ever going to be “affordable”. Especially to some 20-something who just got out of college and has not real world experience.
In my eyes, it’s the responsibility of each young professional in Sarasota to understand that there is a place for them at the table, and that all they need to do is reach out and claim it. And if enough of us did that, we wouldn’t be sitting around bitching about not being able to afford a place to live live downtown. We would be out finding ways to change the underlying issues in our city government in order to ensure that we can change some of these things in the future.
We would be supporting the local organizations which are empowering our demographic so that we can start doing something about it instead of just complaining. We would be narrowing our focus, and organizing around a small number of specific local initiatives in order to make a real impact.
Because the truth is that real change is up to you, and up to me. So stop shouting, and start sharing. Share this article, share your thoughts, and share your frustration with others here in Sarasota. I think we will soon find out that we are not alone, and that these are problems which can be solved.