As we approach the halfway point of our 10-part series “Is Coastal Living in Jeopardy?” focusing on the housing and economic challenges currently facing our community, as well as the entire West Coast, I thought it would be a good time to emphasize that this series has a very long arc.
Over the past several weeks since the series began on Nov. 15, we have received feedback from the community both in support of and in anger over our coverage of these sensitive issues. While some feel it paints our community as problematic and overlooks the many positives, others believe it’s a conversation that’s long overdue.
When our newsroom first began discussing what the scope of the series would be and fleshed out its parts, our overall objective was to identify three things: Where are we now? How did we get here? What can we do as a community to get to where we want to go?
When we continue our series next Wednesday, Dec. 27, with Part 6, we’ll begin looking at the role local economics play in solving some of the housing issues within the Siuslaw region.
Heading toward the end of this long, 10-week arc, we’ll identify solutions — some of which are already beginning to materialize, and others that are on the horizon.
Early last November, as we sat looking at the outline of this series written in blue marker on a large whiteboard, we knew it was going to elicit a myriad of responses.
But most importantly, we knew it would spark the kinds of conversations that ultimately make us stronger; the kinds of conversations people around here have never shied away from having.
Thank you for being a part of that conversation.
Write Siuslaw News editor Ned Hickson at [email protected] news.com or P.O. Box 10, Florence, Ore. 97439.