As a follow-up to a conversation I had the other day with a longtime Sonoma resident, I received this email. His perspective is one I’ve not heard expressed in our town’s ongoing discussion about growth, so I wanted to share it. I think it adds an important dimension to the discussion. This is what he said:
“For those who wish to keep Sonoma rural, rustic, small town, etc., their effort is about 40 years (or more) too late. When the ribbon on the Golden Gate Bridge was cut in 1937, the destiny of small, rural towns north of the bridge was destined to forever change.
“For those who rail against the tourist/wine-based culture, there is a simple question, what is the alternative?
“The commercial poultry industry is gone. The dairy industry is shrinking. Plums, pears and apples are long gone.