Letter: Island has more housing for seniors

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Long Island's 65-and-older population rose 10 percent from 2000 through 2010, versus nearly 3 percent for the Island's population overall, states the article, "The world is aging" [News, Oct. 5].

Long Island's growing senior population reflects national demographic trends. However, a bigger factor is probably that more high-density housing choices exist for seniors, especially luxury assisted living complexes. Meanwhile, community groups continue to fight against denser housing options for young families and singles, in particular rental units.

The oft-stated fear is that school taxes would rise, but wouldn't the cost of educating more children be offset by the growth in the tax base from new demand for retail and service businesses? Having fewer children in classrooms also portends downsizing of schools, which can become a self-perpetuating cycle.

Bravo for the new downtown revitalization projects that include workforce, starter-family housing. But this is not adequate to stem the outflow of 20- and 30-somethings (including my own children).

Please, NIMBYs, consider all the advantages of having a balanced mix of age groups, giving us all greater vitality.

Vivian Leber, Roslyn

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