[Vision2020] Why is Moscow Growing report

g. crabtree jampot at adelphia.net
Tue Sep 19 06:26:23 PDT 2006

Re: Why is Moscow Growing reportNils, you state...

"If Moscow median income is rising what is all this fuss for a WalMart, why
not fuss for a bog box that targets a higher median income?"

The reality is that you can "fuss" till your fog lights fade and it won't magically conjure up the development you desire. Wal-Mart was ready to build. Thompson's were willing to provide land. Potential employees were willing to work and customers were willing to part with a buck. This is how the market is supposed to work. 

Since its been proven, on occasion, that I could be wrong. (shocking, I know) Could you outline for me the proper technique for fussing up a big box that meets your criteria? Aside from waiting patently with a bright and hopeful expression on our shining, "high median income" faces, that is. It seems to me that electing people to city government that continue to promote ordinances and policies that are decidedly unfriendly to any type of commercial operation may not be the most effective method to bring about your desired goal. Please spell out the strategy where by utilizing the "picky princess" game plan nets Moscow increased jobs and revenue. Or should we be content to be a bedroom community?

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Peterson, Nils 
  To: vision2020 at moscow.com 
  Sent: Monday, September 18, 2006 10:53 PM
  Subject: Re: [Vision2020] Why is Moscow Growing report

  You can read the report on the website. The powerpoint tonight didn't shed
  much light, pretty much like having someone read the chapter to you from the
  book. ;-(

  They say: Moscow is the only community or county in the area that is
  growing, but Moscow growth rate is slowing toward zero, which should bode
  well for the aquifer

  And Moscow is getting richer, because of 'out-commuters' who seem to be
  taking high paying jobs elsewhere and living in Bedroom Community Moscow.
  (I'm one of them, if you call my job 'high paying.')

  My thoughts during the presentation

  If Moscow median income is rising what is all this fuss for a WalMart, why
  not fuss for a bog box that targets a higher median income?

  If more UI retirees are staying here, what does that suggest for demand for
  commercial and for services. Maybe we need high end housing near downtown,
  and easy walking to hospital for pacemaker tune-ups (You can see I just sat
  through an amazing Council meeting)

  Bottom line -- Where ever these people and new building is coming from,
  there is not as much of it as you think, and they are getting their money
  (income or retirement transfer payment) from outside, not working in town.

  On 9/18/06 4:57 PM, "vision2020-request at moscow.com"
  <vision2020-request at moscow.com> wrote:

  > Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2006 16:56:19 -0700
  > From: "Stephanie Kalasz" <skalasz at ci.moscow.id.us>
  > Subject: [Vision2020] Why is Moscow Growing Study
  > To: <vision2020 at moscow.com>
  > Message-ID:
  > <772560CD6444F9478C2779E9D9115BB501575B3F at exch-backend.CI.MOSCOW.ID.US>
  > Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
  > Please note the following item on the City Council agenda for this
  > evening:
  > In 1995, Professors Jon R. Miller and Steven S. Peterson of the
  > University of Idaho authored a study of growth in Moscow entitled "Why
  > is Moscow Growing?"  The study was funded, in part, by the City and was
  > intended to help answer questions about the growth trends of the City.
  > In the interest of having current information on these matters, the
  > Council authorized the expenditure to have the study updated.
  > Professors Miller and Peterson have completed their work and will
  > present it to the City Council.
  > If you would like to view this report, it is available on the City
  > website:  www.ci.moscow.id.us <http://www.ci.moscow.id.us/>   there is a
  > link to the report from the center column.


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