Next generation of Parkites, you’re being paged
December 2, 2011
The next generation of Parkites, you’re being paged.
Park City politics, the business community and not-for-profit groups have been the stomping grounds of people who moved to the area in the 1970s and into the 1980s, a diverse group of people from across the U.S. who built the community into what it is today.
But as the older Parkites start considering retirement, either in Park City or elsewhere, the younger people will be taking on broader, more important roles. KPCW radio on Tuesday is hosting a forum to explore the generational change that is anticipated in Park City over the next decade or so.
The event is scheduled at the Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center. A social hour runs from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. followed by the forum itself. It is scheduled to end at 9 p.m.
The forum will feature a panel discussion involving people ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s. A part-time Park City resident, Robert McNulty, will also speak at the event. He is a consultant in the field of social and economic diversity in changing communities, the radio station said in promotional material.
Larry Warren, the general manager of the radio station, lives in Midway and spent most of the last 30 years in the Park City area. Warren, a member of the older generation in Park City, said there are "unhealthy trends" in the makeup of the community.
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Warren said the local economy is not diverse enough to provide meaningful career opportunities for younger people. Larger cities have more jobs for younger people, he said. He said the availability of housing that is affordable to someone starting a career is also problematic. Park City’s resort driven real estate market is the priciest in the state.
"The opportunities here are so much more restricted," he said.
Meanwhile, Park City has become an attractive place for retirees, further upsetting the balance that Warren points to when he talks about "unhealthy trends."
He also said there are concerns whether Park City is place where people will be able to age given the few senior living options in the city.
I think many in the community are beginning to worry about generational change," Warren said.
The event is scheduled at the Santy Auditorium in the Park City Library and Education Center. A social hour runs from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. followed by the forum itself. It is scheduled to end at 9 p.m. It will be broadcast live on KPCW starting at 7 p.m.