The Morning Press Streets pay for citys growth newcomers flock to county

first_imgA skateboarder travels along Northeast 18th Street near Evergreen High School on Tuesday. Finishing the transformation of 18th Street from a rural two-lane road to a major urban arterial with sidewalks and bicycle lanes ranks among the city’s top transportation priorities, but infrastructure funding has been scarce and the city council will be discussing a new revenue source. Check out the week’s weather forecast for Clark County here.This weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Streets pay for Vancouver’s growth“Boom Town,” read a headline from 1994: “Vancouver annexes more land in the ’90s than any other city in Washington, and it’s just the start.”The city’s territory had grown more in four years than it had in the past four decades. And that was before the 1997 Cascade Park annexation — the largest in state history — brought in 58,000 more residents and made Vancouver the state’s fourth-largest city.With an estimated 164,500 residents today, Vancouver remains the fourth-largest city. Its likely to stay that way.Vancouver has no plans for large-scale annexations of Hazel Dell, Salmon Creek or other areas in its urban growth boundary, even though by doing so it would become the state’s second-largest city with a population of more than 275,000 and have arguably greater clout in Olympia.Those “boom town” days are over, partly because of the impact the city’s rapid growth has had on its streets.Read the full story here.Newcomers flocking to Clark CountyClark County newcomers Michael and Sheryl Hendrix are still unpacking the boxes in their newly built Camas house. But they are already feeling at home.Since moving to the small town in June to be near their first-born grandchild and their adult children in Portland, the Seattle transplants are amazed by the friendly people in Camas.last_img read more

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