Waterfront Storage Development
By Neil Gray
March 21, 2006
First: It's refreshing to see the conversations get away from
"The Bridge" and into another exciting topic.
I'm referring to the pesentation by David Hauk of Ketchikan Packing
LLC before the Ketchikan Chamber Of Commerce. I think Terry
Wanzer described the past, present, and future very well. I'd
recommend giving this Waterfront Storage idea a chance to work.
I'm very familiar with the Astoria, OR project. While living
in Ilwaco, WA, just across the Columbia River from Astoria, I
worked for KVAS Radio in Astoria. The similarities between Ketchikan
and Astoria are so close it's scary. Both have fishing and timber
backgrounds, and are looking toward tourism to bolster the economy.
The cannery project Mr. Hauk accomplished in Astoria was quite
a feat. And I strongly feel something like that would work in
Times change. Communities have to change with them, or you get
lost in the shuffle. Do it the right, planned way, and the community
will reap the benefits. You have to proceed with an open mind
with a vision to the future.
A Waterfront Storage development in Ketchikan could be a tool
to showcase the history and heritage of the community. There
are other communities all over the Northwest who have had to
get rid of their tunnel vision and look to the future in order
to survive. Alaska has an uncanny charm to thousands of Lower
48 travelers. Why not showcase Ketchikan to them?
Sorry, Don Hoff, I don't share your no-change vision. In this
day and age towns cannot remain dormant in change or live in
the past. Preserve that past in some way, while at the same
time you move ahead toward the future.
Community leaders and community residents need to realize we
are beyond the 1950's, '60's, '70's, etc. This is 2006. And,
we're NOT going to go back. We'd all like it to remain "as
it was." We can't do it and survive. I doubt there is any
place in this country that is
fluent economically by living in the Twilight Zone of the past.
Unless of course, that's the way it is in Hixson, Tennessee.
Lakeside, CA - USA
P.S. If I have offended any of my Ketchikan friends, I'm sorry.
But since leaving Ketchikan 14 years ago I've been in communities
that had to "bite the bullet" to survive. And they
are doing quite well.
About: Ex-21 year resident of Ketchikan. Still Alaskan at heart.
Developer Shares Vision For Historical
By Marie L. Monyak - t rapidly became apparent at the Greater
Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce's luncheon last Wednesday that
the expected presentation by David Hauck of Laguna Beach, California
would be anything but usual judging by the size of the large
crowd, the number of media present and the appearance of the
City Mayor. - More...
Monday - March 20, 2006
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