The Meager Lumber Town Of Hoquiam Takes Stock In The Past And Grows Up

A town needs to take shape and transform to exist, and frequently this can be a difficult matter. A town that has been established for one basis may find the need to explore other options as times transform, which inescapably, of course, they do. And the fashion a city does this is very crucial, because it says as much about the times we’re all surviving in as about the way a city makes decisions.

Hoquiam, Washington is an interesting example of these changes. Constituted as a logging town, it maintains that chronicle with events such as the Loggers’ Playday. And every fall at hand is a logging contest and parade to remind the people of Hoquiam how their hamlet came to be. While maintaining these traditions is vital, sometimes it’s required to invent something innovative.

Watch the Hoquiam waterfront. The stretch of river in Hoquiam’s downtown hasn’t been much used since the 1980s. Nevertheless with the possibilities presented by modern growth, suddenly there’s a prospect that it can become a hub for the zone. It can’t be all logging contests and lumber festivals, after all.

There’s spot on the Hoquiam waterfront for hotels and shops, the form of commerce that makes a township a city — or at least a larger town. Waterfront expansion has been a major boon for cities such as Baltimore and San Antonio. It creates a kind of city core with space for dining and shopping and amusement. And of course there’s an ordinary feature that serves as built-in scenery, something to sit while sipping drinks or having a bit of dinner.

Hoquiam has a good, and beneficial incentive to revitalize its waterfront. There’s its bigger neighbor to the east, Aberdeen, with whom Hoquiam has a kind of competition. Larger towns seem to develop the better opportunities, oftentimes more money from the state, than the smaller city. Kind of like the older sibling who gets the new apparel and leaves the hand-me-downs for the younger kid. If Hoquiam could get tidied up and turn its downtown into a beautiful and useable waterfront vicinity, it would get a competent chance at showing its big brother next door what a real town is like.

That counterbalance between custom and invention is an influential one. But it’s obligatory to think about making change to avert stagnation in a populace. Hoquiam, like many little towns, needs to be fearless in embracing its possibilities for that future — it can uphold its history still as it evolves.

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