Weekly News via Email
   Set as homepage | Add to favorites | Customer Service | Subscribe Now | Place an Ad | Contact Us | Sitemap Thursday, 07.31.2014
Classifieds
News Archive
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1
 2  3  4  5  6  7  8
 9  10  11  12  13  14  15
 16  17  18  19  20  21  22
 23  24  25  26  27  28  29
 30  31
Online Extras
Site Services
Around Bend
Outdoor Fun
Travel Info
Shop Local




Members Of



Poll: Today's Live Poll
Email to a friend | Print this | PDF version | Comments (5 posted) 
  Blogger |   del.icio.us |   digg |   newsvine

Jul 20,2006
Bending Walla Walla
by Richard Burton, Publisher

There’s no tiptoeing around the matter. Former Steptoeville, known now as “the town so nice they named it twice”, Walla Walla’s residents are hell-bent on blaming Bend for their recent outbreak of rurbia. A phenomenon occurring throughout the West, rurbia is a blending of urban, rural and suburbia.

The fate of nearly 360 acres of Walla Walla farmland lies in the hands of county commissioners. If approved, the development will include 365 new homes, a 65-unit hotel and restaurant, a nine-hole golf course and 10 miles of trails. The developer, Abito, formerly known as Pennbrook Homes is from Bend.

For Walla Wallans to point fingers and plaster “Don’t Bend Walla Walla” bumper stickers on their vehicles and around their community is simply unfair. Bend is the 6th fastest growing city in the nation. It’s inevitable that nearby towns and communities will be impacted by such growth. Powerful economic growth from surrounding communities only adds to the expansion as is common now, particularly in the West. Other cities such as Telluride, Durango and Bozeman have experienced this same supernova explosion.

Famous for their superb sought-after Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla is now home to 64 wineries and 40 vineyards with an estimated economic impact of more than $100 million annually. Walla Walla is no one-horse town. Tourism has grown substantially with wine lovers flocking to Washington wine country.  More hotels are needed regardless of the ongoing golf course community debate.

Just as the arrival of the railroad in 1911 put Bend on the map, so has wine for Walla Walla. Californians are migrating there by the droves. Blaming Bend for wine lovers migrating to wine country is absurd. Wine aficionados travel in wide circles. Word gets around, and fast.

The locals in Walla Walla speak of loss of small town feel, loss of friendly folk, high prices, huge hotels, even the fear of not enough water for the wheat farms. And then in a most un-neighborly fashion, take the name of a great town, bending it onto the backs of car bumpers in an effort to stop the inevitable.

What’s so bad about Bending Walla Walla?  With bigger expansion comes more cultural diversity, more exposure to the arts and music, sports and business. Besides robust wine and flavorful, sweet onions, Walla Walla provides an address for convicted felons. Surely by bending Walla Walla a bit, the state penitentiary could become less of a point of interest. Rurbia may remedy this. The disease in itself may become the cure.

“Don’t Bend Walla Walla!”  Not to worry. Bend doesn’t bend. It curves and sways with winding rivers, picturesque scenery, breathtaking mountains and blending cultures. Bend residents are generally too busy skiing, hiking, fishing, boating, spelunking, rafting, camping, golfing and rock climbing to bother with bumper stickers. Oregon

3098 times read

Related news
Bending Walla Walla by Richard Burton, Publisher posted on Jul 21,2006


Four cub scouts, three others, injured in Oregon crash by Cheryl McDermott posted on Feb 18,2008

Poker Pro's Corner: Short-handed game will play more hands by Antonio Esfandiari posted on Oct 05,2007

Bend Elks Play American Pastime with Heart by K_Guice posted on Jun 08,2006

Did you enjoy this article? Rating: 4.95Rating: 4.95Rating: 4.95Rating: 4.95Rating: 4.95 (total 233 votes)

  • Walla Walla picking on Bend is upsetting and childish. Bend has been handed expansion and in a short amount of time tried to put things in place like new building laws and government to try to keep things in check. Rather than pointing at us, perhaps they should focus on their own issues. We will take care of us and ours. They can do the same for theirs.
  • (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am Joan)

  • I have to say, this was a fantastic editorial. Richard said everything we've all been thinking and feeling. His impressions are right on and the verbage he used to express them perfect. Thank you for such an insightful and well-written piece. Jason Leary
  • (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am Jason Leary)

  • Your premise is faulty: The "Don't Bend Walla Walla" campaign isn't about _blaming_ Bend (even though there is a Bend developer involved in attempts to despoil their community), but to keep it from _becoming_ like Bend. I agree that it'll be hard to avoid, unfortunately, but they do have an actual four-year college going for them and an industrial base that's not based on fluff. They also have journalists that are from Walla Walla working there -- unlike central Oregon, apparently.
  • (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am Clyde S. Gadfly)

  • I'm replying to Mr. Gadfly's comment. He says that Bend's industrial base is based on fluff? Excuse me while I finish laughing. Perhaps he's been sitting too long on his fluffy couch, not enjoying everything Bend has to offer.....a couch potato perhaps? Or perhaps spending too much time reading the newspaper of a nearby town...a town he dreams of living in. You missed the point, pal! Those bumper stickers are offensive to all residents of Bend! Why not say, "Keep Walla Walla Small Town"? And your last comment.....no comment.......I won't stoop to your level!
  • (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am John R. Stanton)

  • I am from Walla Walla and I agree with this website. Our town is being a bug bunch of babies! We need this expansion, we need new things in this town so we don't have to keep driving 40-50 miles away to find things that are town does not have!
  • (Posted on November 6, 2006, 11:23 am ame)

Market Information
Breaking News
Most Popular
Most Commented
Featured Columnist
Horoscope Guide
Aquarius Aquarius Libra Libra
Aries Aries Pisces Pisces
Cancer Cancer Sagittarius Sagittarius
Capricorn Capricorn Scorpio Scorpio
Gemini Gemini Taurus Taurus
Leo Leo Virgo Virgo
Local Attractions
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau
Bend Visitors & Convention Bureau

Mt. Bachelor Resort
Mt. Bachelor Resort

Les Schwab Ampitheater
Les Schwab Ampitheater

Deschutes County Fairgrounds
Deschutes County
Fairgrounds

Tower Theatre
Tower Theatre

The High Desert Museum

Advertisements



Deschutes County

Google  
  Web    BendWeekly.com
© 2006 Bend Weekly News
A .Com Endeavors, Inc. Company.
All Rights Reserved. Terms under
which this service is provided to you.
Please read our Privacy Policy. Contact us.
Bend Weekly News & Event Guide Online
   Save the Net
Advertisement
External sites open in new window,
not endorsed by BendWeekly.com
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Google Add to MSN Add to My AOL
What are RSS headlines?