Scott Robert Ladd wrote:
"We have the same problem here. Urban people go on vacation, and fall
in love with some picturesque little mountain town like Silverton.
So they go deeper into debt, paying too much money for a house,
raising property prices for everyone else. And then the outsiders
only live in the house for a couple of weeks in mid-Summer. They
don't support local churches or activities; they just show up in
their Land Rovers, meddle for a week or two, complain about the level
of "services", and then they go back to Texas or California or
Then the absentee landlords agitate for voting rights! And they
get 'em, too: Telluride, Colorado, now lets non-resident property
owners vote in local elections. They'll even let these outsiders
use absentee ballots, so the "lairds" don't have to even VISIT
Trophy homes and fat egos will be the death of us yet."
As a Texan bred and born I hate to admit that you are right regarding my neighbors who have wrought serious damage to areas such as Colorado, Utah and Montana. Too many of them are so egocentric that they forget who, where and what they are.
What goes around comes around, though. We have received some of the same treatment from the sunbirds that migrate south from the northern states at the beginning of winter, to return when the snows are melting in the spring. In many areas they have had a detrimental impact on the region. They, too, will (without realizing it) continue the economic disparity that the Valley suffers from.
Guess the point of this is that none of us are immune. No matter where you are it hurts.