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Re: Covid shut downs
The residents of those communities voted in their leaders and are fine with paying the taxes. But to a larger point, housing is expensive in these cities for a variety of reasons and some of it isn't because the leadership is left, right, or moderate. In several of these cities, it is expensive to live there due to the massive explosion of tech jobs, Gentrification of large portions of cities, or a limitation on available housing.
Of course there are other aspects that contribute to the problem. When I lived on the east coast, I did pay more in taxes, but I did get a lot more in return. Taxes are part of living in a modern society.