In May 2006 after Inc. Magazine called Bremerton-Silverdale one
of its top boom towns (No. 13), the Central Kitsap Reporter
included as its house editorial (the unsigned opinion piece) a rant
telling Bremerton to “Get off Silverdale’s coattails.” Its point
was that Bremerton was getting all the recognition for the economic
stuff happening in unincorporated Silverdale.
Never mind that the Inc. story talked mostly about
“For years, Bremerton’s waterfront was nothing more than a
parking lot for the city’s top employer, the Puget Sound Naval
Shipyard. Boarded-up buildings have been replaced with retail
stores thanks to a harborside development program that includes a
$47 million conference center, hotel and condo complexes.”
So now that CNNMoney.com
has Silverdale listed as the 99th best place to live in America, should
Bremertonians complain that the CK non-city is getting undue credit
for the changes going on in a place where ferries actually do
arrive from Seattle?
Silverdale is located on the Kitsap Peninsula, a short ferry
ride from Seattle across the Puget Sound.
Well, before we get hasty, there are some real pluses to
Now known as the major retail center for Kitsap County, the
unincorporated community is home to both quaint shops on the
waterfront and Kitsap Mall, one of the largest shopping complexes
on the West Sound.
True it is. Fact is Bremerton did benefit from Silverdale in
much of the recognition it received. I’m not sure that warranted
the tantrum about the coattails, which I’m guessing might have been
written at the behest of some folks who are quite proud of the area
formerly known as Dickeyville, a place that will one day succeed in
Besides, publications such as Money change the criteria every
year. When Bremerton was ranked the top place in 1990, that
recognition was because the magazine included the entire county.
Surely Bremerton would not have won on its own. Even now you’ve got
to wonder if the city as a whole would qualify. It didn’t make the
CNNMoney list this year, I’m guessing because of the city’s income
and crime rates.
So lets take off our hats, bow and offer a mighty
congratulations to Silverdale. Enjoy your year on the list.