I have said yes for a number of years, and this email would support the same position. Many local developers have disagreed.
Hello: We’re a young(er), higher-income couple who moved to Rochester, MN 2 years ago from a large city. We moved here to accept a position at Mayo. After 2 years, we’ve become so dismayed at the lack of attractive rental/housing options near downtown that we’ve tentatively decided to leave (leave the city and the job). While there are good housing options well outside the city proper, we want to be within walking distance of downtown. That’s what’s attractive to us–to our lifestyle and our personalities. Many of our friends share this sentiment. There seems to be a huge focus here on low-income/affordable housing near downtown (example: Kutzky Flats, which we love but don’t qualify for because we make too much $$). While I support this cause, it feels like it is being focused on to the exclusion of the rest of us. Question: What are Rochester leaders doing to make Rochester a more attractive place to us higher-income folks? So many of us non-natives leave after only 2-3 years because we simply become fed-up and bored. Lack of desirable rental/housing options downtown is a big part of this (certainly for us, anyhow).