Rosalia Is Thriving Again Despite Effects Of Highway Bypass
Rosalia's recovery is one of several cited in a new Washington State University analysis suggesting a state highway bypass doesn't have to sound the small-town death knell. Other towns in the study - Omak, Okanogan, Prosser and Sunnyside - all have managed to prosper.
I grew up in Rosalia in the 1970s and early 1980s. Analysis in the 1990s found prosperity? Big shocker. Unfortunately, the 1990s are over. I wonder what that same analysis would suggest today.
May 8, 2013
Rosalia on list of struggling locations
Still, “the likelihood of cities going bankrupt or dissolving is relatively small,” McCarty said. Mostly, “it’s the recession that’s catching up to them.”
1. Relatively small compared to what?
2. Recession? That was 4 years prior.
“This area is going to be a big tourist destination,” Konishi said. “Rosalia is the gateway to the Palouse byway.”
A big tourist destination? Good luck on that.
~240 views since the video was put on YouTube a year ago. Note the lack of tourists (and cars, and people). I can say this with 99.9999% certainty. Rosalia will not be the next Disneyland. Sigh.
Deep down, all of us want to cling to hope. Unfortunately, hope doesn't pay the bills. Sigh.