Have the economic lockdowns hurt Valley area’s economy more or less than other regions of the state?

That’s a question that’s been on the minds of many local people in recent months. The answer? Well, the state and county’s lockdowns certainly hurt. A good number of businesses, particularly small and retail-oriented ones, are no longer going concerns. Office landlords and shopping center owners are among those queasy about the immediate and mid-term future.

On the other hand, what few telltale signs we can see appear mostly bullish. Traffic is back (sigh), implying that economic activity is brisk. Home sales are up, along with house prices. Savings have soared and people appear ready and confident about spending money. But bottom line, were we hurt more or less? 

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