If Tri-Cities Had an Honest ‘Welcome’ Sign, What Would it Say?
Nobody says they're from Kennewick, it's always "I'm from Tri-Cities."
The Tri-Cities is the sum of all of its parts. Six or so towns, two counties, one Tri-Cities. What's Pasco's is Kennewick's and what's Kennewick's is Richland's. What they don't all share, however, is a welcome sign. Each town has its own sign, but you never see them when you're going from one "Tri-City" to another. Except for the sign near historic downtown Kennewick. But what if Tri-Cities had an official welcome sign?
Tell us how you really feel.
Whenever I ask people how they feel about Tri-Cities, there's always a hint of animosity there. I think it's pretty normal to fall victim to the "grass is always greener" mindset. The wind, heat, and small-town mentality come up frequently.
Sure, Tri-Cities has its quirks, but there's a reason so many people keep moving here every year. As a matter of fact, the growth of Tri-Cities was another complaint I'd heard. But overall, it's a nice place to live. We have the Columbia River, and for those that don't have boats, we have trails near the river. We have a good local food scene, and plenty of places to go out with people.
Let's make it official!
What kind of one-liner message really unites the Tri-Cities, encapsulating it as one community? In my opinion, anything you'd put on a magnet or t-shirt would be great for a roadside sign. While we may not be the "Palm Springs of Washington," we could be any one of these.