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  •  I grew up in a college town. (13+ / 0-)

    college students were fully part of our community (Arcata, CA - home of a cal state campus) and without them, we wouldn't have had any nurses, etc - because we were in a remote location. Even when students went off to grad school somewhere else, having that undergrad connection got us doctors and lawyers, too.

    They also provided copious student teachers to local schools, provided all the research muscle related to fishing and forestry, the two most important natural resource economies in the area, and did a lot of other business development and economic work. They attracted conferences and entertainment acts that would otherwise never have come there.

    The professors were among the highest paid people in our rural area, and stimulated the economy as a result. They university also provided services to my high school, taking the place of AP classes the school couldn't afford to provide. The list of benefits to the community goes on and on.

    So I never had a problem with the college kids voting at all. They lived there for 4 years, and without them, our community would have been nothing but a depressed timber town with a much lower quality of life.

    Like many college towns, a large percentage of those students stay on and continue to be part of the community for the rest of their lives.

    Senior developments, though, are different. While some seniors do volunteer and contribute, many don't, and the endgame for a senior is, to put it bluntly, to die within about 20 years of moving to the community. Whereas the substantial number of college students that chose to stay in my hometown would stay for decades. The presence of the college stimulated the local economy in ways a senior development just won't do.

    In any case, everyone who lives in a place should be able to vote there, but going forward, any progressive should support age-diverse communities, where senior developments are relatively small.

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