'Stagnation' Served Two Cities Well


I am neither for nor against the continuing growth of the Payson area because I recognize that growth results in both advantages and disadvantages for current residents.

I must add, however, that I feel like throwing up (or "barfing," as kids would probably say) every time I hear someone repeat the mindless platitude to the effect that a community must either grow or die.

Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, GA. are two cities that stagnated for many decades, possibly for a century or more. As a result, they retained their charm. It is reported that they have recently been discovered by the "in crowd," or the so-called "beautiful people," with the result that residential properties in both cities are now among the most prized and sought-after in the country -- with prices to match.

Otis M. Trimble


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