Missoula County Commissioner Josh Slotnick: Requiem for dreams, or not

4 June 2022

Coming with a livelihood already intact or money in-hand is now actually a prerequisite for moving to Missoula, or you can’t come at all. The place just costs too much to move here and then figure it out.

I am writing this as a requiem, an act of remembrance, an accounting of what’s been lost, but also in recognition of a need for new tools for a new time. We shouldn’t just let it unfold.


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As Wayne Gretzky says: “I go to where the puck will be”. Missoula needs to think beyond traditional programs and ideas. How can we prepare for the massive changes to our built environment and take advantage of the innovations we can develop and institute? We have to think way beyond “outside of the box”.



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