Grimes may be a world famous musician, but she says that even she wouldn’t be able to afford to live in Austin, Texas if she didn’t have a little help from the father of her children and richest on earth, Elon Musk.
On Monday, the singer shared a petition protesting the soaring real estate prices in Texas on her Twitter account, asking her followers to join in signing the appeal. “My fellow Texans! The petitions may feel futile but I guarantee local politicians are taking these things seriously,” she said. tweetedTo share petition Change.org to prevent a housing affordability crisis. “Plz sign up to reduce housing costs in Austin. There are effective laws on the table here, but we need public support. “Someone tweeted that ‘these policies don’t work anywhere,'” Grimes replied, “they worked in Houston.”
Musician continue, “Houston is the 4th most populous city in the nation with median housing prices lower than all the other cities on that list,” shared a screenshot that said “Houston is a real success story.” of Texas — and the country as a whole. The median home price in the Houston area is $310,000 compared with the US median of $378,000 — even though Houston has experienced decades of above-average growth. ” She more, “Although people continue to move to Houston in large numbers – the minimal lot size and ease of construction allow them to increase supply significantly – keeping prices low. Also since Covid, rents in Houston have increased by 8% in rents while Texas as a whole have increased by 30% in rents. Sure every city has its problems but we’re trying to build for the Deficit Center and Houston is great at it (this really helps reduce incomes bc it lowers rents around around new construction). Adjusted for inflation and 8% is super low. “Grimes conclusion, “Btw for those who say housing bills don’t work, Houston is a great case study. We MUST avoid Austin becoming like SF, where the original population can no longer afford to live there due to the technology boom. “
But her social activism has been met with considerable opposition from fans, including one shown, “Grimes are you ready, your opinion about the ‘housing market’ is invalid.” She answered“First of all, I can’t afford a suitable home for my children in Austin [at the moment] without help from their father [Musk] it’s INSANE because I’m ap[retty] successful artist. Second, this is not my opinion, I just agreed to help some actual experts/policy makers. “But the original critic answer “That’s what I mean, their dad will help and get the job done. Are you ready. “And Grimes contort, “I’m not worried about me, I’m worried about the citizens of Austin. I am using myself as an example of the extreme wealth needed to live comfortably here, which was not the case before.”