What a place Portland is. Among the scapegoats that they've found for the ludicrous OHSU Medical Group aerial tram [rim shot] are -- get ready, hold onto your seat, I am not making this up -- the people who opposed it!
The finger has been pointed at the opponents from two different directions. The first source was Commissioner Randy Leonard, who was among those who voted to require the city to build the tram, even though nobody on the City Council had bothered to check out how much it would really cost. In comments on this blog, he said:
It sure would have been helpful to me if a member of the planning commission would have talked with me, either in private or during testimony in front of the council, about specific objections they may have had with the project. I would have listened and, if they were legitimate issues, most probably would have voted against the project.
But no one from the planning commission, including Amanda Fritz, has raised those concerns with me privately or publicly...ever....
Again, if Amana was in fact leading the opposition to the Tram as a member of the Planning Commission, a better question from you would be to ask her why she did not make sure I knew she was opposing the Tram and why.
Meanwhile, The Oregonian had this to say in a Sunday editorial:
All who suspected the number was faulty should have spoken up, repeatedly if necessary, and ensured that a more accurate number was put before the public. The problem, unfortunately, is that people wanted to believe this estimate.
So there, you see, Lair Hill neighbors and others who fought this monstrosity? It's really your fault. You didn't speak up loudly and repeatedly enough.
Portland is truly living up to its name as The City That Works You Over. You bitterly oppose a project -- spend weeks of your life fighting it. Then after you're overruled by the West Hills moneybags, and you turn out to have been right that it's a horrible mistake, it's your fault.
Mayor Potter wants hundreds of thousands of us to kill some substantial time over the next year on his city "visioning" process. Given the way the tram opponents have been treated, I doubt any of them would give it 30 seconds. They'll be damned if they do, and damned if they don't.
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