Just a quick note to explain my absence. I’m in Southern
California attending a NASCAR race, trying to provide some insight
on what happens at a race. We’re more interested in the impact on
the community so we’re trying to maintain our focus there.
In the meantime, you might have heard that the Bremerton Area
Chamber of Commerce expressed support for the city’s proposal to
offer a 10-year tax exemption to property owners building new stuff
within certain areas.
See you next week.
Your contributions to the wish list for downtown Bremerton were
outstanding. Now it’s time to broaden the question.
In Sunday’s Kitsap Sun
you’ll find a story revealing that the city now has about $9
million set aside for a boardwalk between downtown Bremerton and
Evergreen Rotary Park. The boardwalk, said city folks, has been on
residents’ wish lists for decades. With this money it may no longer
be a wish. Money like this can make it easier to get more money, so
it’s tempting to count the boardwalk as fait accompli.
Assuming that’s true, what else do you want for Bremerton? What
do you want for Kitsap Way and for Wheaton Way? How would you
expand ferry service, or would you at all? What kind of changes
would you like to see in the city?
Mayor Cary Bozeman said
the new Kitsap Credit Union building is significant because it
was the first major private investment into a downtown getting a
facelift. I believe there was at least one, if not more, other
private deal that cleaned things up, but there was nothing on this
Again, as was stated in
the blog entry about Bryman, it brings more people
Others have said downtown, or the “Harborside District” if you
prefer, needs a grocery store. What else do you think would help
make downtown’s transformation complete?
The Manette Bridge went up a year after
the Great Depression started, saw Bremerton through World War II
and later the demise of downtown. It’s no longer considered safe,
something anyone on a bike are a bus has been saying for years, but
something even those in Geo Metros like mine have reason to
Our blog had a problem over the weekend that made me unable to
approve your comments. It appears things are working now.
The comments you sent were lost on the system, but I got them in
my e-mail, so later today I’ll copy and paste them under the right
entries. In the meantime, comment away.
Key to the revitalization of downtown
Bremerton is anything that will bring people (except for the
criminals) to the area. City leaders picture condo residents
getting off their couches and walking over to Boston’s Pizza, or
Smiley’s, or an as-of-yet unnamed, unconfirmed and unknown grocery
store to eat or shop. It’s the impetus behind the tunnel, the
expectation that people will be strolling downtown streets.
A week away and here’s what happens:
withdraws his pay-for-parking proposal after the
Chamber of Commerce opposes it. There has been
some heated reaction to the mayor’s contention that shipyard
workers are part of the problem. In a particular incident he cited,
he said a guy with a handicapped placard parked in a downtown spot
and walked to the shipyard gate. The handicapped placard issue is a
whole ‘nother thing, because it allows a person to park in a space
almost endlessly regardless of time restrictions. Anyone clear on
those rules? At any rate, this one was a bit of a surprise for a
guy on vacation, as I was last week.
the city approved the wifi setup, despite the fact another
business is nearly offering it already in Bremerton. I can think of
an argument that Bremerton city leaders might use to defend the
decision in the face of a private company already offering the
service. But from what I’ve read and seen, it’s not an argument
anyone has made.
That tunnel thing still around?
A July 18 photo showing 15 of the contestants, including the
winner, of the Miss U.S.A. pageant had the following headline:
The Winner and 14 Losers
The next day the “winner” from Maryland was stripped of her
crown when it was discovered she was married. Miss Utah took over,
presumably no longer a “loser.”
Salt Lake City Records New High in Radioactivity
SALT LAKE CITY–The highest level of radioactivity since the
Nevada atomic tests began was recorded here yesterday.
But state officials stressed there was no cause for alarm.
The Bremerton Sun ran its first “Dear Abby” column, which led
with the following exchange”
Dear Abby: I know you aren’t running a matrimonial bureau, but
maybe you could help me? I am 33 years old and want to settle down
and marry a decent, respectable woman but so far all I have ever
been able to find are bar flies who don’t want to do anything but
sit in bars and booze it up all night. Am I asking for too much,
and where does one look?
If you want a decent, respectable woman, you look for her in a
respectable place. Now what would a decent, respectable woman be
doing hanging around a bar — boozing it up all night? Ever hear of
church? Introduce yourself to one.