B. Trends, Themes and Citizen Issues Related to Community Life
T h e a r e a i s i n t r a n s i t i o n , f r o m a g r i c u l t u r e t o a “ c o m m u t i n g e c o n o m y . ”
Despite a growing professional class, the industrial base is still relied upon. It remains a working town with lots of factory work.
There are currently few opportunities for working people. Some economic displacement may be occurring. Workers and manufactured home dwellers live on the outskirts of town.
Hispanics are increasing but not very visible.
Downtown is experiencing deterioration, and efforts towards revitalization have not been fully successful.
People rely on commuting, mostly to Salem and some to the Portland area. The improved Highway 22 has increased access to and from the City of Salem, leading to housing demand in the area from Salem residents, and some increased business connections (for example, the bakery).
The communities lack integration. The old and the new are not together in creating a vision and positive actions for the community. Many new-coming commuters are not aware of what the community has to offer, nor are they very involved in the community. In some ways, the community faces a bridging or leadership problem because, while there is a stable core of older time leadership, newer people have not consistently been brought along.
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