Headlines we want to write in 2020
Balance is something we strive for in our coverage of Wilsonville, with neither too much negative 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.
"District finds new land to re-create CREST farm" was a nonstarter, and honestly probably only on our wish list. The program's full farm on Boeckman was innovative and important in terms of education for youth, we thought, and deserved to be continued, even if it had to move location.
But the property is expected to serve as the site of a school to serve the growing Frog Pond neighborhood and CREST has moved its food-based programs to focus on its headquarters site on Wilsonville Road and the gardens at individual schools.
"Ridership at WES train system sees dramatic increases" definitely did not happen, if the Beaverton-to-Wilsonville TriMet route saw any increase at all.
"Pedestrian bridge over I-5 sees heavy use" was impossible because the bridge is only in the design phase.
We did more or less get an opportunity to write "WL-WV opts for career tech small high school to relieve pressure," more or less. The school district did pass a large construction bond in 2019 and has stated a goal of boosting career programming there.
We fell woefully short of being able to write "City Council maintains high-functioning, low-drama meetings" however. While the Wilsonville City Council seems as productive as ever, the culture has become more negative as Councilor Ben West has continued to serve as the lone voice dissenting against the rest of the council.
For 2020 we're trying to tone down our ambitions a bit. Here's our next wish list:
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