How Little Towns Deal With the Changes of the Modern World

Small towns need change in order to last long. This task can be difficult. There are those that stick to some form of motivation, live with it for years, then realize that they need something else to keep up with change. This process makes it interesting to study how a town or city embraces change. How they do it is worth paying attention to.

For illustration purposes we can focus our attention on the little town of Hoquiam, Wa. Generally known as a logging town with not much real estate developments, it makes its money from the rich Northwestern forests that are found all around it. The town yearly celebrates an international event called the Logger’s Playday that comes with logging competitions and parades. Though nostalgic in a way, the town has to learn how to modify its traditions in order to keep up with change.

Keeping up with tradition, the town celebrates a yearly international event called the Logger’s Playday that includes logging competitions as well as a parade. While Hoquiam holds on to its rich history and heritage, it must also learn to give way to change.

If you have ever been to the place, you will notice that an interesting part in the Hoquiam, Wa area is its expansive waterfront that stretches downtown. This part of the town has not been used much since the 1980s with no real estate developments in the area. Rumor has it that major real estate developments are being planned for the waterfront. Local townsfolk believe that this change will somehow help shape the town’s local culture while at the same time boosting tourism. Because of these, Hoquiam will not only be known as a logging and lumber town.

If you will recall, real estate developments that focused on waterfronts have once been popular. However, since the 1980s, real estate developments have been focused elsewhere. The decision in reviving Hoquiam’s waterfront will have to be thoroughly decided mostly because of tax issues since its local government will be the one to pay for it.

In addition to this, the local community will have a say with the real estate developments process because the transformation will also affect local culture and way of living. Deciding on issues that revolve around major real estate developments in Hoquiam is a big deal and is not taken so lightly.

A small town will one day decide whether it wants to remain as is or develop and transform in order to conform with the times. With the Hoquiam, Wa example, the nearest rival would be its neighbor, the city of Aberdeen. There have been some friendly competition between the two over the years. However, with the practice of larger towns getting much of the state’s local budgetary allowance, smaller towns cannot do that much to improve itself. If Hoquiam will stand up and make itself into a larger town, with major real estate developments here and there, it will be giving Aberdeen some serious competition and the friendly rivalry between the two will become more interesting.

History and heritage are one of the structures for growth. However, due to changing times, change will have to come at one point or another. Small towns such as Hoquiam need not be afraid of this. To survive the next few decades, it will have to transform itself and embrace change.

Learn more about Wade Entezar on the excellent metropolitan of Hoquiam considers the past and grows up.

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