"I was raised in Alsen, and Alsen was/ is a community of working class people, but very neglected. As my grandmother used to say, "A lot of good people have come out out of two-street Alsen." But because of conditions- and really the environmental factor- people move away. I remember meeting a lady who told me, "I was going to buy a house in Alsen but the water is poison. My realtor told me don't buy that house." She didn't realize I was from there. I have 3 acres, built the land up, had the contract ready, and it only appraised for $180k because of what they built around me.
I've heard people say that they'd like to see us bought out. I don't want to be bought out. I'd like to see them cease what they're doing, not allow any additional permits, and then see the area rezoned. I even worked on a project to see how to create a community redevelopment zone where people would get mini grants, upgrade their homes, and help bring some morale back. And maybe if one of us could get a comp from nearby Copper Mill, then it would be a domino effect. We just need one. Six months later, you get yours and so on..."