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November 29, 2021


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It does seem like a bit of a mystery. In the last election, they spent quite a bit but still lost so they may be pursuing a different strategy. Also, even with the "progressive" councilors, development rages forward and land use decisions are essentially made by the Planning Commission. The Our Salem process, which was only undertaken at the behest of the state, was a meaningless gesture controlled by market forces. Why bother to spend when you already get what you want? Even the Chamber must realize that, even if all Councilors supported all of their policy positions, a 3rd bridge is not in the cards ... at least for the next decade or so.

This is a government town that will and should continue to grow. Unless the form of the local government changes in such a way that allows the direction to shift along with the change in demographics, pursuit of so called "progressive" goals will continue to play second fiddle to the maximizing of financial returns based on investment.

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