Proposition One Vote
By Suzan Thompson
August 11, 2005
If this bond issue passes, the
small local business folk who operate in the Newtown area will
be forced out by enormous rent increases. I think it's inevitable.
Cruise line representatives are not going to promote stopping
by the Senior Center and having a cup of coffee with men and
women who have lived here for fifty years and who know some great
local history, unless those older folks can hold a really BIG
rummage sale and cough up about fifteen thousand bucks a season
in order to be "recommended." A few buildings will
probably get spruced up, though, once the rents go up. Goody.
I can't wait to see how "free urban renewal from the tunnel
to the mall" enhances our quality of life when that strip
too is boarded up and empty from October through April every
year, because there are going to be very few locals who will
be able to afford to keep a business there.
Those who insist that Ketchikan's
economic survival depends on our accommodating the cruise lines'
request that we provide them with still more docking space, regardless
of how this may affect the quality of life of those who live
here year-round, remind me of Peter Arnett's reporting of a quote
from a U.S. officer during the Vietnam War: "Regretfully,
we had to destroy the village in order to save it."
Ketchikan, AK - USA
On the Web:
Ketchikan Port Berth
Expansion Bond Initiative
Port Berth Expansion Bond Initiative
Vote August 16,
The City of Ketchikan
is proposing to expand and improve facilities along the waterfront
to provide enhanced public use and additional economic benefit
to residents, business owners, and the City. A bond initiative
will be placed on the August 16, 2005 ballot to gain approval
for up to $70 million to fund the project. - More... Port
Expansion Project Information
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