I recently visited my parents in Kennewick. The Tri-Cities is a beautiful place, with great weather and gorgeous rolling hills covered in desert wild flowers. However, I was shocked to see what appears to be unrestricted and thoughtless carving up of the few remaining anticline hills in Kennewick, those gentle land forms that ring the area.
Badger and Rattlesnake mountains mostly look the way I remembered them. Yet, the hills closer to town are being whittled away and the ridgelines carved into stair-step housing development sites.
As the Space Needle helps define the look of Seattle, the surrounding hills and the rivers define the Tri-Cities.
The livability of any community stems from the foresight to preserve open spaces for future generations.
Joni Mitchell sang in the 1970s: "You don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. They paved Paradise and put up a parking lot!"
Barbara Heacock Jackson, La Conner