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City lacks things to look forward to

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What is Mayor Stephanson, the city council and the other people who run this city doing!? I just read that the city spent $144,000 on restoring the insignificant metal quadrangle at the Hewitt and Colby intersection. Why? Is it a vital landmark of Everett or something? It looks like a giant waste of money if you ask me. Didn't the city just have to pay for flooding damages do to an overworked and faulty sewer system? How can they justify this kind of spending?
How about the fact that no one wants to open businesses downtown, which is being taken over by mafia-like landlords, banks and smelly thrift stores peddling garbage. Not to mention how the city is so looking forward to this new "river front project." Doesn't the city know that's going to just pull more business out of downtown? They tried to do it already with the big "marina plan" they and the port had, but that fell through.
A lot of people remember what the "killing of Colby" did back in the day, and how the Everett Mall added felt the killing blow. Does the city not remember this? Aside from a Sivertips game, a couple store fronts, and the occasional car show, this town is dead. All we have to look forward to is the new farmers market building going up! Why does it feel like someone or multiple people are trying to run this town into the ground? We seem to be a town wandering around in the dark. When will we find at least a book of matches to light our way to something better? I know I can't be the only one thinking about this.

Tanner Lamm

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