This letter is in response to “Population decline more than a blip” (Northwest Herald Our View editorial, June 29). Two years ago, my husband and I moved from Crystal Lake after raising our children there for 25 years. We moved to Chicago and have never regretted it.
Our property taxes are half of what we were paying, and due to excellent public transportation, we now only own one car that we might drive about two times a week, making a tank of gas last well over a month.
We live in a great neighborhood within walking distance of a great park that offers an indoor pool, outdoor pool and a dog park for no additional fees. Our three-bedroom bungalow on a standard city lot (lawn mowing takes less than 10 minutes) is worth over $50,000 more than the four-bedroom house on a half-acre lot that we sold in Crystal Lake.
During the summer months, there are numerous weekend neighborhood, art and music festivals that can be attended for a nominal cost or sometimes absolutely free. And we have barely scratched the surface of eating at the thousands of restaurants here in the city.
Crystal Lake has been aging out for quite some time. Neighborhoods that were once filled with children are no more in some areas of town. And if Crystal Lake wants to attract the young families it so desperately needs to remain viable, it will need to offer more options.