I live on what shall remain a nameless street in the heart of Cannon Beach. There is one other family living full time on my street, and the rest of the housing in my “neighborhood” is taken up with vacation rentals and absentee ownership. I am very well aware of the housing crunch, and the lack of affordable housing here on the North Oregon Coast.

My hometown is Astoria. In the spirit of nativism, and as my I see my home town increasingly caught up in the tourism racket, I would like to offer the following, from The Asheville Blade newspaper:

“The most important step in tourist interaction is what you can do to reduce the likelihood of encountering them in the first place. Tourists are very attracted to food, which means that trash should be secured indoors and not set out on the curb the night before pick-up. Remove bird feeders from the property, as those too are known to attract tourists. Do not feed them or alert them to your restaurant connections …”

The article goes on, but its tenor is obvious, as is my long-standing opinion of an economy based upon tourism: If crowding and congestion are the problem, is more tourism and its consequence the solution?

Gary Durheim

Cannon Beach

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