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I live in the Lower Rattlesnake. I will be a direct beneficiary of the new interchange roundabout and sound barrier wall. Less noise and better traffic flow. And, economic market analysis and common sense suggest an immediate increase in my home value. I previously received the economic benefit when the open space bond dollars purchased Mount Jumbo.

I am not an economist, but l suggest every improvement and amenity addition in Missoula will continue to make us more unaffordable. New higher-paying jobs, new/better schools, a new library, new parks and trails, the fairground upgrade, etc., should attract a more affluent demographic group of people that desires to live in Missoula and continue to assert upward pressure on the housing market. Please note l am not necessarily against all these improvements and additions.

But, I do desire that any discussion of improvements and amenities in Missoula also include a discussion on the impact to affordable housing. Traditionally the only discussion revolves around the impact on property taxes, not increase in housing prices. An "improved" Missoula will only be able to continue to aid a relatively small percentage of people who desire and need assisted housing support.

Jim Conkle,

Missoula

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