In many ways, Modesto has lived up to its name, favoring modest ideas and modest projects, being satisfied with the reputation of being on the way to everywhere but not the kind of place to which people and businesses are eager to move.
Like most big ideas, this one is being met with a mix of enthusiasm and sarcasm.
Modesto has some pluses when it comes to economic development. The city has a reliable water supply, coming from both wells and from the Tuolumne River. Many valley cities still depend solely on groundwater. And the city is expanding its waste-water treatment facilities so it will not have to turn away businesses because it lacks sewer capacity.
The chamber is saying — and we agree — that Modesto needs have a conversation and then establish some priorities that make our community healthier financially and in quality of life.
We look back with appreciation on the people who created the irrigation districts and built Don Pedro. Wouldn’t it be great if the Modestans of 2050 looked back with similar thanks on the people who, starting in 2013, were willing to talk about big ideas and make them materialize?