The current single-minded focus on development of Rochester’s city center is widening the gap between the number of rentals and options for ownership. City leadership has made it more and more difficult to create affordable, single-family homes on the city’s edges. Instead they favor knocking down homes in and around our core neighborhoods, replacing them with high density dwellings. While this type of development is needed and will continue, the city’s imbalanced approach is unsustainable. We need to attract a work force that wants to settle and raise families, but the current sole focus on high-density creates an environment that actively discourages the very growth we desire. Rentals favor a transient population. Ownership fosters belonging.