Last week, I spent a little time walking right along Colby. I was struck by the large number of vacant store front spaces. Which surprises me, since retail space in the region is in high-demand. I guess we can see the upper bound of that.
Perhaps Everett is considered too far from Seattle. I find that interesting as it's only 35 miles, 44 miles to Seatac airport.
There's a great arts community up here, with the Everett Philharmonic, the Village Theatre and the Schack Arts Center, just to name a few.
Plenty of businesses occupy the larger buildings, banks, escrow companies, the offices for Snohomish County, and, of course, the City of Everett's offices.
The city has an amazing amount of potential. I hope that the business community realizes it and helps Everett grow...and grow the right way.
Maybe that can Everett's call to glory: smart and compassionate growth! Just a thought.