by Dale Byrne
One of my favorite sayings is “The more things change, the more things stay the same”. As an example, at first glance, it would seem that there is too much construction going on around town these days in Carmel-by-the-Sea. But, let’s look back in time. Santiago Duckworth sold the first 200 lots in Carmel City in only 6 months in 1889 and had sold 300 more by 1895. That’s a lot of activity in an embryonic town! Due to a number of factors, but mostly because the railroad didn’t come over the hill from Monterey as hoped and a 5 year depression that began in 1893, things slowed down.