I can’t speak for anyone else but I know for a fact that they are putting up houses, apartment buildings and warehouses around this area faster than I can keep up with them. I also remember when we last went to Seattle that there was so much construction and new buildings going up downtown that I literally didn’t recognize the same view from the same hotel parking lot that we stayed in last Summer.
I went to my Brothers place yesterday and took a little side trip down some old neighborhoods back in the hills and it was the same thing. I hadn’t been down some of those old country roads for years and there had been so much build up that I almost got lost.
Everyone reading this post should take a little time to wheel around your AO and see if anything has changed over the past year.
Using that picture above, you should be at least generally familiar where downtown is, where the Industrial Area is, where the major transportation and shipping hubs are and how the entire area is laid out.
Literally all of the expansion in this area can only go in so many directions because of the local geography and the already existing city limits of the neighboring towns.
With the Columbia River directly to the South and then curving North, that effectively cuts off two ways to build. There is another city to the East so basically they are going North until they get past that city’s limits and then they are spreading North and East.
2 and 3 THOUSAND houses at a a time in some of these new developments.
Of course they aren’t doing a damn thing about new roads or expanding what they have so traffic is going to be a MAJOR concern around here after the next year.
Something else you should be keeping up on is how to get around in your area to avoid as much traffic as possible.
Know the little side roads, the short cuts and that one road that will get you the hell out of town that has the least amount of traffic, using side streets if necessary.
That is one advantage I may have over all of these new comers.
I have been around here so long that I can remember when there was literally NOTHING around here and when some of the now major arteries were still two lane gravel roads.
Shit, I can remember when there wasn’t even a huge bridge and complete freeway going across the Columbia where the I-205 bridge is now.
The population around Portland/Vancouver has exploded over the last 40 years.
As in quadrupling in some places.
Yer damn right I want to know how to get out of this Hell Hole as quickly as possible.