Woodburn, strengthened by diversity, resilient in the face of troubles

September 15th, 2012- Kimberly A.C Wilson, The Oregonian

WOODBURN — What you won’t find in Woodburn: a homegrown diner or a movie theater.

What you will find: grocery stores that carry one brand of peanut butter but dozens of distinct varieties of dried peppers.

Among the towns of Oregon’s verdant mid-Willamette Valley, Silverton has its tulip fields, Mt. Angel its beer halls, and Aurora its antiques. Woodburn is known for its eponymous outlet mall beside Interstate 5.

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