Today we lost a bright spot in the downtown area — the octopus mural.
City officials should be ashamed of themselves, but I doubt they are. They did not even have the guts to paint it over when the store was open. They snuck in very early in the morning when no one was watching and then their picture was on the front page of the Union-Bulletin gloating.
The mural made the downtown more family friendly. Kids loved it as did all the adults I talked to, but our downtown is not for locals any more and has not been for a long time.
I have nothing against the wine business and wish wineries well, but that is not all there is to Walla Walla. I was downtown Thursday and what I found was tasting rooms and overpriced clothing stores that most people cannot afford. The downtown is all about tourists. Walla Walla is not family friendly.
There is no decent shopping and nothing is being done to bring manufacturing jobs that pay a decent wage to our area.
After many years working at Crown Cork and Seal, my husband now travels for his job making him an absent husband and grandfather while I am raising our 13 -year-old grandaughter.
We cannot even vote in a swimming pool for our children. Did you ever think people coming to Walla Walla for the wine would be bringing their children and the swimming pool park would have given them something to do while their parent did the wine touring.
There is nothing for kids to do unless there is money involved. Many families cannot afford sports. Lets face it they are expensive. Why do we not have something like a Boys’ and Girls’ Club where kids can hang out and have positive role models. Heaven forbid they be allowed to get a job that would also keep them out of trouble.
There is something wrong with this picture and our community needs to speak up. We want the mural back. I have lived in this community for over 35 years and all I have to say is shame on you city officials, shame on you.