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"I was lucky to buy a Mike Kitts house south of May street which looks out on the Tanner Ranch. This historic ranch with its iconic red barns including murals painted on them by a 1940s Hood River artist has provided continuous inspiration to me as an artist. This land which the city terms 'vacant land' has natural springs and is in a migratory bird route with many species of birds calling it home." -- Abigail Merickel

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Another Voice: Preserve our agricultural heritage by making Tanner Ranch a park

I am a visual artist and a community college instructor. I moved to Hood River for its natural beauty and small-town life style. I am concerned that this push to up-zone and increase the housing density will destroy the very reason we live here.

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