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IQ: The advantages of living in Colorado Springs

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The advantages of living in Colorado Springs -- great weather, beautiful scenery, friendly people -- don't outweigh the need for an affordable place to live. And for low-income workers, choices are slim. What should be done to help ease the affordable housing squeeze?

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Chris Galla
Environmental consultant
Neighborhood: Central

What percentage of your salary goes to rent? About 30 percent.

How have you been hit by the housing crunch? I haven't been; I own my own home.

What should city leaders do about the affordable-housing problem? I didn't know there was one ... really, all you can do is build more houses.

Should developers be forced to build affordable rentals? I don't think they should be forced to. Rent prices are dictated by supply and demand, so if it's highly profitable to build rental space, then let the builders build more rental space. I imagine if it's profitable, they'll build more.

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Amy Seltzer
Waitress
Neighborhood: Stetson Hills

What percentage of your salary goes to rent? I'd say about 50 percent.

How have you been hit with the housing crunch? I have less space for more money ... I have to live far away from my work, and there's less choice. It costs more, and you get less.

What should city leaders do about the affordable housing problem? I really don't know.

Should developers be forced to build affordable rentals? I don't know if you could force people to do stuff like that. I think they could give some kind of incentive.

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Chris Neri
Unemployed
Neighborhood: Downtown

What percentage of your salary goes to rent? All of it! Pretty much, it seems like.

How have you been hit with the housing crunch? I haven't really been hit with the housing crunch, because I rent.

What should city leaders do about the affordable-housing problem? I have no idea, man.

Should developers be forced to build affordable rentals? Yeah, I think, personally, 'cause not everyone's making 20 bucks an hour. There's a lot of people out there just stuck with a five-fifteen-job at McDonald's or washing dishes. And when you're charging someone five, six hundred dollars a month, that's pretty much the whole pay check.

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