Category Archive: Lack of Retail

Oct 21

Keeping Forest Grove from Becoming Hillsboro (or Bethany)

Note: This post was originally written during my run for Forest Grove City Council during the 2014 General Election. One of my biggest concerns about Forest Grove’s future is that we are currently on a trajectory of no return, toward bedroom community status.  I’ve used that phrase “bedroom community” quite a lot in this campaign–I …

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Sep 16

22,419-to-1: Forest Grove’s Not-So-Golden Ratio

22,419 to 1. What does this figure mean? It’s a rather dubious figure for Forest Grove, which illustrates one of the major issues facing the city. This ratio represents grocery stores per capita within the city. With a population approximately 22,419 residents, per the 2013 estimates of the US Census Bureau, Forest Grove only has …

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