All well and good to glamorize the smokestacks, and to quaintly call a major shopping development "The Old Mill," but what I remember about the Brooks-Scanlon mill was that it was dirty, noisy, smelly, and dangerous.
"Eat your spinach and do your homework," Dad would say, "Or you'll be working on the green chain...."
Looking back, those look like good, solid jobs, with a nice paternalistic small town enterprise.
Anyway, the stinky smell coming out of Century Drive is a legacy of that past.
In fact, I've always wondered how they managed to clean up all the pollutants in the Old Mill area. I mean, from what I remember, they'd have had to scoop up inches of top soil...
I'm sure they must have passed muster.
There was also the City Dump,(County?), up Southwest of Century: I haven't quit fixed what's on that location now, but I know that I wouldn't want to be there...
Meanwhile, the city is looking to save money by personnel cost cuts. Juniper Ridge and Bat keep getting funding, if vastly reduced. But we can always lay more work on our employees! This seems like the usual too little too late in cutbacks. When you have one of these economic busts, you have to get ahead of the curve, make the cuts deeper than you think at first, instead of constantly falling behind.
Instead, the tendency is to keep thinking things will get better. To ignore the naysayers (bubble bloggers) and instead listen to the optimistic promoters -- who are way more fun to listen to.
I also noticed, in the little business blurbs that it seems like some of the bigger name real estate agents are consolidating under some of the bigger name real estate agencies.
Talk about Bend coming back all you want, but I think we're still downsizing...
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