What has happened?
By Jill Crowder-Hockema
July 26, 2005
What has happened to Ketchikan? Do the tourists really come
to Alaska to buy jewelry from the Caribbean? I was in Ketchikan
twice in May and each time I grew more disgusted with all the
jewelry stores. I refuse to walk into these places. Do people
know that the money doesn't stay in the community but is sent
out? As far as I could tell, they don't hire local people either.
What happened to the authentic Alaskan stores?
We had some friends that took
the inside passage cruise and they were very disappointed in
Ketchikan. They said it didn't feel Alaskan at all.
I grew up in Ketchikan and
have lived elsewhere for almost 10 years. Each time I return
home I am more sad to see the changes in the downtown area.
In the winter, it's like a ghost town. Why are the people of
Ketchikan allowing the Caribbean's to buy everything up or is
it the cruise ship companies that are?
Fritz Creek, AK - USA
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