Here is yet another blow to Molalla’s totally phony “aspirational” planning and “manager” Atkins’ claim that all the rah rah TEAM baloney will lead to anything that rebuilds an economic base here. Molalla is too small to support a real economy. Sometimes Ghost Towns can’t recover – it’s the visicous circle of being too small to attract business and people won’t come to live in places that don’t have diverse services and jobs. That equals stalemate.
It used to be that backwoodsvilles attracted a segment of the retirement population. However, current demographics show that the trend for empty nesters/retired folks is toward metro areas with great medical services, multi-modal transportation and lots of easily accessible activities. Molalla can’t supply any of that. Low income people, welfare families and immigrants seeking agricultural work are the trend for off the beaten path, low quality cities. If the shoe fits…
If your eyes aren’t enough to convince you in a crumbling town full of empty storefronts that Molalla’s economy is on a serious and ongoing retreat, maybe the article below will do it. It explains that suburbia – outlands, boxcanyonvilles like Molalla – are driving the growth of unemployment.
As I noted soon after Stoneplace Apts. opened and began to advertise they were “Section 8” friendly, Molalla is rapidly turning into a welfare city. And welfare cities don’t support the growth of anything but foreclosures and bankruptcies.
So next time the pathetic “manager” of Molalla tries to tell anyone – especially the BCC in the coming final DENY hearing for the insane urban reserves – I will be front and center with the FACTS.
Molalla can’t build jobs, it is simply a low quality commuterville connected to far off job centers by nasty two lane highways. Atkins might want to keep his mouth shut if he can’t face the facts: he represents a City that thought a pile of silly slogans would pull the wool over the eyes of the State and County.
Hey Atkins, how is that going? Not too hot, I’d say from the official DENIES piling up it appears that the outside world isn’t buying your lies. Maybe you can market a book next on “How I ran up a HALF A MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT planning CRAP and telling LIES”.
Read on about the non- recovery of SPRAWVILLES:
Published on The New Republic (http://www.tnr.com)
Suburbs Drive Unemployment Growth
- Emily Garr
- April 1, 2011 | 11:11 am
In the three years since the recession began the number of unemployed in the nation increased by 90 percent, or 6.6 million people. As our latest geographic drill-down shows, much of that growth was driven by more than 3 million additional unemployed people in the suburbs (1.2 million in cities) of the largest metropolitan areas. Levels of unemployment in suburbs remain about twice the level of unemployed in cities. (Note that there is a lag between the top line national number announced today and more geographically specific data).
Below the jump is a map that points out the metro areas where suburban unemployed accounted for more (or sometimes less) of the growth in the unemployed population.
Suburban Share of Unemployment Growth, December 2007- December 2010: Top 99 Metro Areas*
By and large, the majority (68 percent) of job losses in metro areas between 2007 and 2010 occurred among suburban residents. Only 14 metropolitan areas saw the number of unemployed increase in their primary city or cities more than in their suburbs, out of the 99 metro areas analyzed.
Metro areas that experienced the highest share of suburban unemployment were Poughkeepsie, Youngstown, Bradenton, Atlanta, and Portland, Me., whose suburbs accounted for more than 90 percent of corresponding metropolitan area growth in the unemployed population since December 2007. By December 2010, more than 44 percent of the total unemployed population in the U.S. lived in suburbs of the largest metropolitan areas.
The implications of the growth of unemployed in the suburbs–particularly for strapped state and local governments–are varied (especially in the absence of federal leadership). Subsequently, how these governments choose to react, or not react, to an increasingly disconnected labor pool will differ; from extending bus lines and halting rate hikes in Cleveland (after several years of cuts), to outreach around SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp Program) in the District. Connecting people to jobs is, of course, crucial for this recovery, but it will go hand in hand with connecting them to social services in the interim.