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Old Posted Sep 8, 2008, 8:00 AM
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Wasilla (yes, that Wasilla) and Palmer, Alaska

Wasilla and Palmer are two Alaskan towns that neighbor each other in the Matanuska Valley region of Alaska. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal made a correct observation when noting the difference between the two towns:

On Wasilla:

"...these days, the Alaskan town that launched Gov. Palin's political career feels more like the latest suburb than the last frontier".

"Wasilla has neither a planning nor a zoning board, and it shows".

On Palmer:

"Wasilla's smaller neighbor, Palmer, chose another path. While Wasilla has no Main St. business district to speak of, Palmer officials have preserved the small-town feel that President Franklin Roosevelt's planners envisioned".
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Anyways we'll start with Wasilla:



Looking towards the city center


Main intersection






































Sarah Palin's former church


heading back to the center and taking the Palmer-Wasilla highway to Palmer








the sports arena that came during Palin's term. [edit: nevermind, this is NOT the sports facility built under Mayor Palin]



Palmer, Alaska



















































And now 35 miles south to Anchorage


home sweet home.

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Old Posted Sep 8, 2008, 9:18 AM
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Palmer looks like a decent little town. Wasilla, not so much.

Thanks for braving the wilds.
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Old Posted Sep 8, 2008, 10:03 AM
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bwa ha ha! I knew it was only a matter of time! Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!

I'm always amazed at how awful these suburban strip malls look when juxtaposed against the natural beauty of the west. It's almost as if the more majestic the landscape, the nastier and more agoraphobic we strive to make our man-made modifications. It's like we are threatened by the beauty and need to mitigate it. Go figure.

oh well at least Palmer looks decent. Wonder if that Obama sign was knocked down intentionally.
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Old Posted Sep 8, 2008, 10:33 AM
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You know how much Republican and a Red State Alaska is when you see this:

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except for the mountains the combo looks like many of the rural small towns here in Florida and throughout the south.
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Nice to see both places.
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First thing I'm gonna do when I get to Alaska is go get a burrito at Senor Taco
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Palmer kind of looks like what I envision an Alaskan town to look like. Wasilla looks like it could be anywhere.
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I'd rather have the mayor of Palmer as my Vice President.
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No wonder folks in Wasilla, and their kids, are spitting out babies right and left! Can't believe the cost and controvery about the AT&T sports center, it is hiddeous. However, thank you Mthq for the post!
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10 acres and a free house for $105,000 ? That seems like a pretty good deal. I wish I could get that without having to live in Alaska.



Nice Pictures. Thanks.
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Thanks for that!

How apropos (Good Luck/Death Race/Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(uit))


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Certainly some beautiful scenery up there. Palmer looks like a more pleasant place though.
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Thanks for the pics MTHQ.

Palmer looks nice. I like the train display in the park.

Wasilla looks like a shit-hole. What brain dead moron was the mayor and provided the leadership there?
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Thanks for the photos. I was curious to see what Mr. Rove called the "second largest city in Alaska" looked like.

Quite frankly, it looks like shit.
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Yea I was thinking the same thing.
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Wasilla does kind of represent the Republican ideal...so it's fitting. Hopefully, I'll never have to think of Wasilla again. Thanks for the tour though! Palmer is definitely a neat place.
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Palmer is an exact replica of North Bend, Washington.
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How apropos (Good Luck/Death Race/Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants(uit))
You forgot Mamma Mia!
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the leader of this wasilla place should be put in charge of the entire country as quickly as humanly possible
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