Headlines we want to write in 2020
Balance is something we strive for in our coverage of West Linn, with neither too much intense hard news nor too many warm and fuzzy fluff stories. So here's hoping the fates will provide in 2020.
At the end of every year we look ahead and try to prognosticate what the future brings and daydream about the stories we really want to see happen.
At the end of 2018 we compiled a hopeful list of headlines we wanted to write, but we didn't exactly hit it out of the park.
"Cities find Goldilocks solution to Stafford development and it's just right" was a nonstarter. While the three cities most impacted by future development did sign a memorandum of agreement regarding just what the communities wanted and didn't want in terms of development, no master plan has been developed and a recently approved athletic center for the Stafford area has met with vigorous pushback from neighbors.
"Grocer moves into Blankenship site, residents stop complaining" never happened, since the site is still without a tenant. However, the complaining seems to have shifted from the lack of a grocery on that side of town to the idea that West Linn's post office might close.
"Bold wannabe change agent eyes city council" The jury's still out on this one, as there was no council election in 2019 but it does set one to daydreaming, wonder who might be out there with eyes on the 2020 race openings.
"William Falls Cultural Center set to open" was a dismal failure at prognostication on our part. The old city hall still sits empty and forlorn, while the city and interested nonprofits have yet to reach a final agreement on how to make the space work for everyone.
"District finds long-term solution to high school parking woes" was a bit more successful in terms of prediction. While it's unknown if the parking area at WLHS planned with bond dollars will be enough to get neighbors off their back, it's sure to help the problem.
"West Linn city attorney issues finally resolved" turns on semantics. With the failure of the ballot measure proposed to "clarify" what was supposed to happen in terms of council control of city legal services, you'd think that makes it resolved in anyone's book. But we're not banking on that. Proponents of the ballot measure are sure to bring the issue forward again in another bid to craft the matter to their preferences.
For 2020 we decided to set the bar a bit lower in terms about daydreaming about headlines we'd like to write:
n "West Linn Post Office finds forever home in time to avoid closure"
n "WL waterfront concept mimics elements of successful Old Mill site in Bend"
n "Maddax Woods Park finally receives improvements promised for years"
n "Council election results in cohesive, productive group"
n "City moves ahead with unique Savana Oaks play area"
n "West Linn's diversity efforts yield tangible results"
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