Well unfortunately people who came there in the 70's cant live forever so some sort of generation must inherit the town, would you rather it be concerned college kids or those rich so cal types you mentioned?
That seems awfully selfish.
We would like you to come, visist, and soak up some culture...... you sound like a loser and the type of inhabitant the city would like to see move away. I'd like to smack your face you burn out. Your lucky your not saying this to my face.
Yes, it's sad but true. The new Walmart coming in Eureka, the Target already there. Plaza is turning into a strip mall, police are pushing around anyone who is not buying something or look like a tourist. Didn't you ever wish a place would stay how you remembered it was. Better than it is now? Arcata is that place.
It needs to be preserved but greed is always first on the list in the downfall of most small towns. When everyone is broke the big box retails will pull out and things will (hopefully) return to the way they were. Recommended reading: Children's Book "The Wump World"