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:
"...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".
"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". source
Anyways we'll start with Wasilla:
Looking towards the city center
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]
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.
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!