Reasons for confidence in future of Lenox
To the editor:
Statistics give a helpful perspective but often don't tell the whole story. In Clarence Fanto's article "Aging population paints alternate picture" concerning Lenox's aging demographic, Mr. Fanto, whose journalism I have always respected, reports on the findings (statistics) of Judi Barrett. These findings elucidate the lack of affordable housing, lack of employment opportunities for millennials, and the distorted picture of Lenox's financial vibrancy.
But my experience selling real estate in Lenox last year — my fifth in Lenox — paints a different picture.
Along with serving retirees, second homeowners, downsizers, and upsizers, I was fortunate enough to assist three millennial couples in purchasing their homes in Lenox, moving here from "the Big City". Two of the couples have young children, and, yes, each couple derives some or all of their income from employment enabled by the cyber economy. But each couple chose Lenox because of the quality of life here — the schools, the small town community, its natural beauty and serenity.
Another unfair rap for Lenox is that there is a scarcity of retail/commercial traffic in the off-season, compared to, say, Great Barrington, Stockbridge or Lee. An unacknowledged fact, though, is that Lenox is the only south Berkshire community with a major bypass around it. Visitors to downtown Lenox intend to be here; they're not necessarily passing through.
Certainly Lenox has it's challenges. But I think there is plenty of reason (and evidence) to have faith in a vital future.
Church Davis, Lenox The writer sells real estate for Lance Vermeulen Real Estate.