The Measure Y debate is getting a bit raucous, in some cases pitting neighbor against neighbor, as I reported earlier. Let’s not forget that the people on both sides mean well and should not be “pigeonholed” for their beliefs.
Without dating myself too much, I was reminded of a wonderful article that longtime progressive columnist Robert Scheer wrote about Nevada City for the Los Angeles Times in 1991, thanks to inspiration and support from longtime residents such as Paul Matson.
Scheer’s column is titled “Nevada City’s citizens restored their mining town for themselves, and the tourists followed.”
His main point about Nevada City’s resurgence: “All of this has been accomplished without undermining the feeling I first had of stepping back into one of California’s most fascinating eras, when the lure of gold brought together the nation’s most adventurous men and women. Restoration, begun in the 1960s, has been accomplished without exploitation, meaning that Nevada City has shunned the cutesy remake of other old California towns (such as obsessively commercial Old Sacramento), which exist solely for tourism and as a result are, after a matter of hours, boring.
“Nevada City, on the other hand, was redesigned first for its inhabitants. Tourism aside, it is culturally alive and productive. Its more Bohemian population is balanced by older folk, some of whom have attended the tiny Methodist church–built in 1864–for most of this century. And there are people of every other stripe. Tourists are welcome too.”
The rest of the article is here.