I caught this news story on KATU and was glad to see so many of our local people speaking up about the growth that is occurring. We all see it, we all know it, and no matter where you land on growth, you must recognize it is happening. Those of us who have been here longer feel it more. We dream of the small quaint town that we had. Those more recently joining the party see it as normal and part of their time here.
The facts will prove if all of this growth led by the Hillsboro City Council and staff is done responsibly and livable. Crime rates in Hillsboro rose at a record rate last year. Homelessness continues to dog our community. Housing prices, especially rents, are also a leading cause of household concern. Downtown, the merchants are seeing rent increases which are directly related to the growth that is occurring. The new buildings attract upscale businesses that pay more, and the gentrifying effect will displace longtime businesses. Parking is a huge issue now too.
This week, the City is asking itself for the right to allow the Hillsboro Hops to build a new 7,000-seat stadium that is unfunded so far and will displace our youth and rec fields.
Growth is a part of our lives, but when it accelerates, it can be disruptive and have harmful consequences. We debate it but unless someone stands up, it is inevitable.