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In the board game of Monopoly, the strategy most likely to produce victory is to accumulate all of the properties of one color, preferably in one of the more upscale colors (Boardwalk and Park Place) rather than those in less desirable, less expensive neighborhoods (“Yes! I got Baltic and Mediterranean!”).
Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. A municipal revitalization project, launched with an abundance of enthusiasm and optimistic projections of its financial viability, collides with the reality of the market and the economy, leaving public officials scrambling to stem the ever-mounting losses and “borrowing” funds from other services to fill the budgetary hole.
Park yourself at the plaza just inside the entrance gate at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium on a sunny Sunday afternoon and within an hour you may count more baby strollers than the number of cars the automakers build in a year.
So placid was last week’s annual meeting at Weyerhaeuser Co. that when it came time for shareholder questions, there weren’t any.
Somewhere in the manual of The Pundits Society, after the section on the secret handshake and clubhouse knock, is a requirement that all opinionizers must within a five-year span make at least one use of Sen. Everett Dirksen’s quote about government finances:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes something called the core inflation rate, which is the change in prices for goods and services excluding food and energy.
Washington’s aerospace sector has been on a takeoff roll of late – the 767 tanker deal, the agreement with the Machinists union to build the 737 Max at Renton, a major international conference in Seattle designed to link buyers and suppliers. “We’ve got some great momentum in aerospace right now,” state Department of Commerce Director Rogers Weed said recently.
In the annals of children’s appeals to their parents, none has been used more and proven less effective than “everyone else gets to.”
A recent soggy Sunday afternoon didn’t seem to dampen the size or enthusiasm of the throngs of families willing to make the mad dash through intermittent downpours to visit the recently reopened Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
For all the debate over health care in this country – how much it costs, who pays for it – there’s remarkably little change. The debate never ceases, and the costs keep going up.
Today in “Spot the Generational Differences,” we’ll be discussing the fact that the state of Washington no longer prints a paper highway map.
Arenas get a lot of public attention and discussion, usually for the wrong reasons.
Even as closing time approached at the Seattle Golf and Travel Show, attendees were still strolling the aisles, conversations punctuated by the thwack of club face meeting ball on simulated driving ranges and putting greens.
Tacoma’s tussle over regulating and limiting big-box retailers may be a matter of scaling development to a size appropriate for the affected neighborhood.
The saying “everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it” is as applicable, and potentially misleading, in community economic development as it is in meteorology.
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