Springfield mayor seeks 'change to stay the same'

Among the many goals in Springfield’s future, Christine Lundberg said, is maintaining a welcoming hometown feel, even as the city continues to grow and diversify.

Posted: Jan. 10, 2019 6:24 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- In the annual State of the City Address, Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg emphasized a need for change in order to stay the same.

Among the many goals in Springfield’s future, Lundberg said, is maintaining a welcoming hometown feel, even as the city continues to grow and diversify.

“The beginning of the year is always the time, across governments, when we share how we did last year, and share what is in store for this year,” Lundberg said. “To do that, I’ve chosen a quote used by impressionist artist Willem de Kooning. You have to change to stay the same. It’s a simple saying, and for me it defines an approach to how we, here in Springfield, embrace change.”

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Lundberg touted recent economic development in her speech, including Wayfair’s plans to open a new center in Springfield, which company officials said would lead to more than 600 jobs in the area. PacificSource also recently moved to the Symantec building, and there were property purchases and an announcement of a third hotel in Glenwood.

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One of the city’s main focuses is also infrastructure and transportation. In November 2018 voters passed a $10 million bond measure for street repairs. Lundberg said contracts could be awarded as early as this month.

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Lundberg said that housing has become increasingly unaffordable, but they have been working on steps to improve affordable housing. In 2018, she said they waived system development charges for Accessory Dwelling Units and worked to expand the overnight parking program

Lundberg ended her speech highlighting the importance of timber in the region’s past and its future.

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