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Things that change slowly


Buddy’s at Pocatello

It’s been a while since I’ve been to Pocatello, just a little over 30 years since I moved to it the first time, to report politics at the Idaho State Journal. Given the pall over so many places in the Northwest, and Pocatello’s history of never collapsing but often struggling for economic air, expectations for the Gate City on this visit weren’t high.

The city appeared surprisingly prosperous, though. Its commercial districts seemed to be doing well – few empty fronts, plenty of traffic. (They look better right now, as a whole, than Boise’s do.) Maybe one reason is a sort of economic caution. Pocatello isn’t a go-go business town so much as it is a stick-to-business town. That may be paying off.

And some things don’t change at all. 30 years ago, Buddy’s restaurant, near downtown, was sort of locally legendary, most notably (not to disparage the rest of the menu) for their salads, which for this palate remain for reasons hard to describe the best in the Northwest. Glad to see they’re still here. And bearing in mind the surroundings, maybe they will be for a while.

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