Why is White City a "great place to live"?

White City may not be a real city — yet — but "It's a Great Place to Live," according to its residents and the town's slogan.

The unincorporated town named after Camp White, a World War II Army training facility, has its own urban renewal funding, a community library, family center and swimming pool. It has a host of qualities that make it feel like a small town, says community activist Joy Reich.

"It's centrally located, we have really nice cooperative people that live out here and we all work well together," says Reich, who's lived in White City since 1956.

What's more, "housing is still mostly affordable and things are only getting better and better," she says.

The renewal district, begun by Jackson County in 1991, has helped fund the Rogue Family Center, street lighting, sidewalks, landscaping, new facades on industrial buildings, street widening projects and pollution controls on industry. The district expires in 2010.

Reich, who manages the Cascade Community Pool, is spearheading an effort to incorporate White City, possibly putting the issue before voters by November 2008.

The town's slogan was chosen during a contest in 1990.

Officially, White City's motto is "Proud Past, Promising Future." But four signs marking the boundaries of the town, however, bear the slogan submitted by former resident Cindy Darnell, who at that time made her living running a T-shirt company with her husband, Carl.

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