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