Chance Reading, an electrician who has lived in the Reno, Nev., area for 15 years, at a construction site for a new development in the suburb of Verdi, Nev., March 6, 2018. Reading went to a recent City Council meeting to oppose the development planned near his home in Verdi. He said he wants the area to avoid the boom and bust cycle.

Chance Reading, an electrician who has lived in the Reno, Nev., area for 15 years, at a construction site for a new development in the suburb of Verdi, Nev., March 6, 2018. Reading went to a recent City Council meeting to oppose the development planned near his home in Verdi. He said he wants the area to avoid the boom and bust cycle. by Jason Henry/The New York Times