They don't seem to be quite down with this Poverty with a View thing.
I get the sense we're approaching these professionals with a "Hey, you'd be so lucky to live here" attitude, and they're taking a good hard look at the realities -- and their predecessors fates -- and saying, "I don't think so..." and bailing.
Anyway, this is just my way of saying, I intend to vote for the parks and recs measure.
This is who we are. This is how we get people to Bend -- to spend money.
I've always maintained our economy is tourist and recreation and retirement; so the nicer we make things, the better for our business.
This is our equivalent of investing in infrastructure. Forget Juniper Ridge, forget business parks and big business tax credits.
Invest in our parks! Our outdoor amenities!
We ain't got much else to offer them.
Note: Just noticed that the Source published a column yesterday saying much the same thing, albeit more professional like.
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