One of the basic rules about real estate is that you cannot make more land. Another reason is that the waterfront is valuable. Check out the money that is being spent on Seattle’s very valuable waterfront. Marysville has an innovative twist on the old proverbs. Do more on the water.
Early European settlers made more land around the sound by dawning on tidal areas and estuaries. It seemed like a good idea at the time, especially when there was an abundance of nature and a demand for farmland. Instead of using fill like Seattle, places like Marysville took lessons from the Dutch and claimed land from the sea.
Things have changed. Nature could use help, Marysville needs to be more than a dormitory and commuter center, and the region needs more places to play. The decision to break through the levees was not a developer’s whim. Since 1994 it has been decided what to do with the dykes, the blocked estuary, another landfill and a superfund site. Marysville isn’t just interested in that. The Tulalip tribes are active for more traditional reasons. Add about ten more organizations and see why there are many incentives, motivations and considerations.
Kayakers may already know the region. By opening more land to the sea, the playing area will be expanded and much more wildlife should be invited.
The greater advantage for the city may be the waterfront. Until recently, Marysville was relatively small. In 1980 there were barely 5,000 people. As of 2010 there are over 60,000. An expanded waterfront offers the opportunity to entertain, open up a space for businesses that is more attractive than a mall, create jobs, and mean residents don’t have to travel as far to shop or relax.
Seattle’s growth drives growth beyond its boundaries. Expect similar initiatives in the area when density reaches levels sufficient to fund new services and experiences. Time to rewrite the travel guide.
If you’d like more, check out the Qwuloolt Estuary website or for an update on KUOW.