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So many small towns begin as one thing, one kind of place, years or centuries ago. Through time, through the pressure of its citizens living their lives, it begins to change into something else. To grow. These changes are often brought around by the basic daily decisions of the people in the town, and shape it into something bigger and better or, alternately, begin its downward slide. Every now and then, though, a small town has to look at what it wants to be and start making some big decisions.

If you found yourself in, say, the Pacific Northwest, the town of Hoquiam, Washington might seem applicable to this conversation. The town, on Grays Harbor, started life as a logging town, and maintains its fidelity to this heritage by hosting logging competitions and parades and, every year, a Loggers’ Playday. And that’s charming enough — but there are perhaps other opportunities too.

Meaning what to do with its waterfront area. The Hoquiam River flows through downtown on its way to Grays Harbor, and it is this area that has raised the discussion. Waterfront development has done wonderful things for cities such as San Antonio and Baltimore, and while it is quite a bit smaller, still there’s so much potential in a river running through a city.

This isn’t the first time the waterfront has been in the limelight. Back in the 1980s the area was more popular. But now development interest is building and it’s up to residents to determine how best to use their taxpayer money, and to determine what kind of city they want their city to become.

A potentially interesting factor in the development is its relationship (call it a friendly rivalry) with Aberdeen, the larger town to the east. The two cities are separated by an avenue, so they’re closely connected. Changes in one will undoubtedly affect the other. The responsibilities, then, in making development decisions are bigger than just the city’s own limits. A developing city becomes a regional evolution.

For the town, these decisions are all worthy of consideration. The town will want to maintain its connection to its history while moving ahead, maintaining its relevance and its ties to its own past. This is a constant negotiation, not surprisingly. And so therefore the decisions are ones that should be made communally, because the big ones aren’t the little everyday ones; they’re the ones that make their own history.wns equal to Hoquiam need be unafraid of conversion — the most fantastic cities straddle centuries, after all.

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