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June 20, 2018

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Why would anyone believe that a Bridgeport-like shopping center would be arriving just miles south from Keizer station? Come on. This is Salem. It's hard to name a business that receives more support than Costco.

This is how commercial real estate has always worked in Salem. A lot of these folks complaining are likely Republicans (considering the area's past voting record) and likely support the Chamber and free markets. These are the same folks that likely voted against weekend bus service. Past votes, past attitudes, and past support make Salem what it is. You reap what you sow. This would not happen in Corvallis. Why? Their vision of a city is embedded in their local zoning ordinances. Apparently, our vision in Salem includes tacky electronic billboards.

Last, this is (obviously) a case of NIMBY.

It stinks for these folks and those neighborhoods, but this is Salem. Of course it's going to be a Costco.

When it goes in, officials may as well just start yet another revamping of Kuebler to add yet more lanes given it is backed up now many times during the day. It will become the adjunct parking lot for Costco.

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