Juneau will likely not hold on to the capital

Posted: Friday, February 01, 2008

It seems to me that holding on to Juneau for governing is not going to last forever. I give it a generation - maybe more, maybe less - but in the long run, Juneau will no longer hold onto the location for statewide government legislation.

I know this debate has been going on for a long time, but a new generation of Alaskans is going to decide by popular vote, and I fear it will not be Juneau. The population of the Anchorage area will continue to rise, and therefore, you have voters that will encourage a move to the more largely populated areas.

The downside is that Juneau will be left with more tourism, and an infrastructure that cannot support all the tourism. Plus, most of those tourist dollars spent wind up in Seattle.

Rich Lestor

Former Juneau resident

Bellingham, Wash.



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