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.

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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.

Here's What a Tri-Cities Welcome Sign Should Say

Tri-Cities doesn't have a universal welcome sign, being that it's (at least) three different towns in two different counties. We thought it would be fun to come up with some ideas that reflect the town and the people who live here.

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