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Failing To Plan, Is Planning To Fail

02.15.2006

no vision is blindness

Time for a hard dose of reality. Last night's report on Growth's Pros and Cons by Newschannel 21's Barney Lerten was a nice short piece on something that most people in Central Oregon see as an issue: growth.

The issue that quickly grabs you by the throat and refuses to let go, is nobody planned this mess that we're getting into. I think the first move of common sense lately, was the rejection of Wal-Mart's proposal to build a second store. The issue was not Wal-Mart is big and evil, it was more about the impact of increased traffic and how the current roads could not handle the additional load.

Unfortunately, that sort of thinking isn't thunk enough. Growth isn't evil, but if you don't plan for it, it's like trying to expect your baby shoes to last for the rest of your life. If you've driven around town lately, and seem to feel the frustration of traffic jams in Bend, and you know plunking down roundabouts isn't enough, then raise your hand. That's a lot of hands.

It's easy to joke about the current situation, or get mad, but not really mad enough to do anything. Bend 2030 is a good start, because without at least a vision, we can't expect anything to really change. Are we really building a better Bend, or just building a bigger Bend? Bigger isn't always better, and less isn't always more, so what's the answer?

Is that why the building height limit in downtown is raised to 70 feet, then pulled back to 60 feet? Is that why two-lane roundabouts are proposed for intersections that already have traffic lights? Is that why subdivisions go up, before public support services like police, fire and ambulance do?

Let's hope the Wal-Mart proposal causes some more people to see the cons of some growth, and the pros in others. Let's get some community vision, so that we don't have to look back and say, 'we sure did have a failure to communicate that vision'.


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