Rapid Response

May 18, 2010

By Contributor

City officials point to new businesses and new construction as signs of economic recovery. Do you believe Issaquah is emerging from the recession?

Are they really new or just filling spaces left by defunct business? I think the latter, and that is not a recovery in any sense of the word.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

When new businesses exceed businesses that are closing, it is a healthy local environment. To include “stimulus” or government construction as a sign of improving local economy would be misleading.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

Many retailers look to the season between fall and New Years for their gross for the year. It has been good to see some establishments replacing those that didn’t weather the lean season in ‘09/’10. With students flooding this job market this summer, steady employment may need to wait for the underemployed for the fall. If Tent City taught us anything, many are working hard, looking for decent-paying work!

Don Burnett, Issaquah

Not until there are many help wanted signs on storefronts.

Ken Sessler, Issaquah

We still have a way to go. There are still no signs of construction on the already scaled down shopping complex to be built in the Issaquah Highlands. Much of the new retail occupancy is movement of stores from one location to another. Notable exceptions are Sports Authority, the planned arrival of Best Buy and Flat Iron Grill, a delightful new restaurant.

Ray Extract, Issaquah

The experts are proclaiming recovery based on past experience, but only the Great Depression experience applies — so, my answer is no.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

If the traffic on Gilman Blvd is an indicator, I’d say yes. It seems busier than in the last few months as do restaurants (not fast food ones).

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Yes. Construction of a new hospital and the I-90 undercrossing, as well as backfilling of vacant retail spaces, will help keep the local economy moving forward.

Mel Morgan, Issaquah

What type of leader should city officials choose for the next city administrator?

We should consider the mayor to be the city administrator and provide her/him with appropriate technical staff to meet the needs of budget, human resources, etc. Presumably more efficient and less expensive.

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

A frugal one with a solid background of completing projects under budget.

Paul Stewart, Issaquah

In March 2001, the mayor became a full-time job in terms of compensation. More traditional city administrator work should become the mayor’s work.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

An individual with a great, positive personality; a grasp of 21st century city economics; improve shopper’s awareness of city businesses.

Jim Harris, Issaquah

Somebody who understands that what will always make Issaquah a great place is its people.

Mel Morgan, Issaquah

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