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I left Cave Junction for Corvallis in 1984, after graduating from Illinois Valley High School in 1983, to attend OSU. There were no healthy prospects for a career in the Illinois Valley at that time, nearly 30 years ago. The area has stagnated severely since.
However, I still have family there, and property. I'll likely retire there. Further, I go there to recreate as frequently as I can. I dearly love the Illinois Valley. And frankly, probably selfishly, I'd prefer that it not "grow" economically more than it has (which, really, it hasn't). The increase in population in the last 25 years has only served to diminish those factors that make the area special to me. To my way of thinking, efforts to improve the economic health of the area will only draw in more people, and further harm what makes the area special, eventually making it less special that it could be.
I am not a no-growth person, and I generally deride NIMBY attitudes. But if I get a vote on things, I'd prefer that the Illinois Valley return to what I remember it being 30 years ago.
posted 2 years, 12 months ago
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