Detail, east Portland photo, courtesy Miles Hochstein / Portland Ground.



For old times' sake
The bojack bumper sticker -- only $1.50!

To order, click here.







Excellent tunes -- free! And on your browser right now. Just click on Radio Bojack!






E-mail us here.

About

This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on April 14, 2006 12:52 AM. The previous post in this blog was Blessed are they who expect nothing. The next post in this blog is New world order. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.

Archives

Links

Law and Taxation
How Appealing
TaxProf Blog
Mauled Again
Tax Appellate Blog
A Taxing Matter
TaxVox
Tax.com
Josh Marquis
Native America, Discovered and Conquered
The Yin Blog
Ernie the Attorney
Conglomerate
Above the Law
The Volokh Conspiracy
Going Concern
Bag and Baggage
Wealth Strategies Journal
Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation
myCorporateResource.com
World of Work
The Faculty Lounge
Lowering the Bar
OrCon Law

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Utterly Boring.com
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
HinesSight
Onfocus
Jalpuna
Beerdrinker.org
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
Sansego
The View Through the Windshield
Appliance Blog
The Bleat

Hap'nin' Gals
My Whim is Law
Lelo in Nopo
Attorney at Large
Linda Kruschke
The Non-Consumer Advocate
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place
A Pig of Success
Attorney at Large
Margaret and Helen
Kimberlee Jaynes
Cornelia Seigneur
Mireio
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
{AE}
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Althouse
GirlHacker
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Frytopia
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
StumptownBlogger
Rantings of a [Censored] Bus Driver
Jeff Mapes
Vintage Portland
The Portlander
South Waterfront
Amanda Fritz
O City Hall Reporters
Guilty Carnivore
Old Town by Larry Norton
The Alaunt
Bend Blogs
Lost Oregon
Cafe Unknown
Tin Zeroes
David's Oregon Picayune
Mark Nelsen's Weather Blog
Travel Oregon Blog
Portland Daily Photo
Portland Building Ads
Portland Food and Drink.com
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion
LoveSalem

Retired from Blogging
Various Observations...
The Daily E-Mail
Saving James
Portland Freelancer
Furious Nads (b!X)
Izzle Pfaff
The Grich
Kevin Allman
AboutItAll - Oregon
Lost in the Details
Worldwide Pablo
Tales from the Stump
Whitman Boys
Misterblue
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
Twisty
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
Pinktalk
Mellow-Drama
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Rosenblog
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
Blort
Stuff White People Like
Worst of the Web

Valuable Time-Wasters
My Gallery of Jacks
Litterbox, On the Prowl
Litterbox, Bag of Bones
Litterbox, Scratch
Maukie
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
KGW-TV
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
KOIN
Willamette Week
KATU
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB
Topix.net - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
KPTV
Portland Info Net
McMinnville News Register
Lake Oswego Review
The Daily Astorian
Bend Bulletin
Corvallis Gazette-Times
Roseburg News-Review
Medford Mail-Tribune
Ashland Daily Tidings
Newport News-Times
Albany Democrat-Herald
The Eugene Weekly
Portland IndyMedia
The Columbian

Music-Related
The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Seal
Sting
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Friday, April 14, 2006

All the news that's fit to obfuscate

It's amazing how uneven a newspaper can be. Sometimes the O really breaks something -- the Emilie Boyles signature pages, for example -- and then other times it grinds out the most superficial pap.

Yesterday's story on the proposed move of Portland's downtown fire station was, unfortunately, in the latter category. The reporter gargles out some vague nonsense about "mixed housing and other uses," and blithely quotes one of the city's landed gentry as bemoaning the fact that he can't build a building taller than 75 feet a block from the river.

No mention of the wise policy behind that longstanding height limitation. And most importantly, no mention of the fact that what we're talking about here is another huge, soulless condo tower. Indeed, the word "condo" is entirely absent from the article.

But "linchpin" is there. Oh yeah, love the "linchpin." "Synergy" too. Those are the magic words that get the money out of the taxpayers' pockets and into the developers'. And the O tosses them around in its news columns without quotation marks around them. Its management is apparently so very in on the scam.

Missing, too, is any mention of that pesky little Saturday Market -- you know, the 30-year Portland institution that's about to rewarded for its decades of resourceful use of underutilized public space by being run out of it. To be replaced by some private outfit selling $40 bottles of wine and $20 wedges of cheese. All tax-abated, no doubt. Maybe the Schumachers could open an outlet store.

Here's the sell job from the paper:

If the fire station moves, the PDC plans to solicit developers about a new use for the building, which sits next to the Skidmore Fountain. The plan is to include housing and possibly space for a public market as conditions to transferring ownership. Adding housing in the area is key for the market, said market consultant Ron Paul, but the commissioners said Wednesday that they were concerned about a public market.
"A new use... to include housing and possibly space for a public market." Oh, golly gee willikers, people, what do you think that would be?

It's spelled c-o-n-d-o followed by t-o-w-e-r.

If you can't report in plain English on the basic facts, why waste ink on the story at all? High-definition, my keester.

Comments (17)

Jack,
As a fan of your blog, I've noted a narrower focus of late with all that's happening in the city institutions. I know it's the times but not a Bruce Springsteen anecdote in weeks? Frankly, I'm concerned.
Therefore you are invited to "It's a Beautiful Pizza" on Tuesday, April 25th, to reconnect with the joyous side of life. 6p.m. to 8. This is the business that was initially billed 38 grand to move across Belmont by a city government gone mad. We should go there and recharge our souls where the battle began. I'm calling it the Tram Awards but any other suggestions are welcome. All except "The Vital Linchpins." That one is out.

Bill, I saw that, and heaven knows I need a break. But alas, I work at that hour on Tuesdays. I will have to settle for being with you in spirit as I do my own gig, lecturing on the "hot asset" rules of Subchapter K of the tax code.

BTW, if I ever get a band together, "Hot Assets" might not be a bad name for it...

Would it help if I mentioned Emilie Boyle is throwing in 5 grand for hors d'oeuvres?
Sorry you can't make it but we will carry on. It's really just an excuse to get the band some work. We have some big gigs coming up this summer.
Hmm, band names: How about "Randy and the Sherlocks"?

What exactly is the "wise policy" behind the height limitation? So that people on 2nd Ave. get sweet views?

As I understand it, the policy staggers the heights; they get higher as you get further away from the river. So the people on all the streets up to Fifth get views, at least on their top floors.

These are views they paid good money for when they bought or built their buildings, because the city had well-established rules about height.

It goes back to the Tom McCall-Neil Goldschmidt mayoral days, when the planning was apparently wonderful. Before it turned into a mad giveaway to the current Dirty Dozen.

Whether you agree with the original policy or not, it's unfair to change it after many people have made their investments in reliance on it.

I'm calling it the Tram Awards but any other suggestions are welcome.

I still like calling it the "Trammys, Bill."

it's unfair to change it after many people have made their investments in reliance on it.

Before they booted 'em out, the restaurant atop the Hilton was the Canlis --I was the last wine steward-- and nowadays the once spectacular view is largely blocked by the high rise that went in next door.

I imagine they'll be much bickering among the condo tower residents over views in SoWa as the towers sprout like weeds. The folks in historic Lair Hill, whose views of Mt Hood are already being spolied are out of luck with no recourse.

I don't think the system of protecting views is working very well, if at all.

I'd add the other weakness in protecting views is how, in the name of density, we've got four story condo buildings popping up next door to single family residences in our neighborhood...the remaining privacy in your backyard? Not so much, anymore.

I don't think the system of protecting views is working very well, if at all.

It's been sold out. The great Portland planning heroes of the '70s are rolling in their graves. We are now coasting on a livability reputation that we no longer deserve. It won't last long.

We are now coasting on a livability reputation that we no longer deserve.

That may be true, but we're not sitting still for it. In our neighborhood, Hosford-Abernethy, we've --our Neighborhood Association-- has challenged the destruction of a historic residence...to be replaced by one of those looming four story condo monoliths. We've challenged the rezoning of Fred Meyer's corporate headquarter's site to allow far, far more density. Our latest challenge is someone wanting to develop along the riverfront, but refusing to provide an easement for the Springwater corridor trail. The irony is the company hired Ball Janik to argue the city's code is an unconstitutional "extraction"...while the City also pays big bucks to Ball Janik to be its lobbyist. (And Ball Janik, and its principals, pay big bucks out as political contributions.)

Big money is at play big time in this city, but people at the grass roots level are also getting pretty fed up with it all. Whether she'll succeed or not, Amanda's campaign represents something very different, which, unlike Eric's, took no seed money from the "players" gang. We'll see whether this works out at the ballot box, or whether its back to business as usual. But, regardless, the neighborhood folks are energized, the media folks are kept on their toes by blogs like this, and I just can't help but feel optimistic.

Linchpin????

I thought the Tram was the linchpin. Anyway, as reported on the Wino's blog, Homer himself, by way of Randy Gragg, found the Oregonian's first linchpin in 2002.

We should borrow from the Oregonian's "Edge" column: substitute the word "underpants" for linchpin. So, yesterday's article would read: The relocation, supporters believe, could become the underpants that would create the synergy that the area has sorely lacked.

Juvenile? Yes.

Juvenile? Yes.

See what I mean? How can you not feel optimistic with humor like this?

The emperor is not only naked, but he doesn't have a linchpin.

Frank Dufay: Whether she'll succeed or not, Amanda's campaign represents something very different, which, unlike Eric's, took no seed money from the "players" gang. We'll see whether this works out at the ballot box. . .

JK: Can someone persuade her to take off the kid gloves and start attacking Dan's record?

Dan just handed her the election on a silver platter, and she seems unwilling to follow up. She needs to attack his being in favor of a sales tax and, of course, his pro-tram vote. Either one should get him tossed, but Amanda needs to follow up and relentlessly pound on these (and promise no sales tax.)

A challenger seldom wins by saying Dan is doing a good job, elect me. That appears to be her current message.

Thanks
JK

because the city had well-established rules about height.

Riiiight....until the SoWhat towers were built.

The city and state "greenway regulations" coupled with the city's "Central City Design Zone" is what defines the "step-down building height requirements".

The step down is not only for the benefit of those to the west of the river. The 1970 regs realized that for the greenway to function it needed solar light from the west; to make the public space along the river a more open, pleasant space; it realized that if there were tall buildings right along the river that it would also affect the views for those on and on the other side of the river, etc.

You don't put the tall person in the front of the theater-and that is what Portland's topography is, a theater in all directions-we have so many theater seats being destroyed.

In Portland the regs were important in that it responds to the fact that views, sunlight is not only easterly to Mt. Hood (etc), but that our eastside has views to the west and the westhills and downtown.

The greenway boundaries is not a consistant line right along the river. Along the city's downtown waterfront it extends all the way to Naito-400 ft. In North Macadam it extends to Macadam-1000 to 1200 ft. Other places it narrows.

The city in recent years hasn't been respectful of these hardfast regs. And Ball and Janik has been one of those who have argued in hearings that "similar in scale to nearby surroundings" (a greenway reg) is not valid.

There are many neigborhoods that have and now beginning to strongly enforce/demand that our planners and council begin to once again live by our regulations on height. But I think it is time for a referendum like other citys have done because they are not listening.


Amanda is carrying a positive message, folks are really discouraged that City Hall is out of touch, if you look at the new Mayor's Blog on land use isses people are not wasting their breath, or more accruately blog strokes, on Land Use issues, only 7 comments on Potter's confessional on why he voted for the tram, and some of those are commenting on the Foxworth issues. I think Frank is right the neighborhoods have to get to the point they are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, after all that is what got Amanda into the race. We also need to change the Culture at City Hall, right now if you don't play along with the scams and make waves you are out, I think that is why the circle there has gotten smaller and smaller, if you look at things like the PATI board, the same old names keep popping up, the "Safe and no hassle" folks to have on the boards that won't ask questions, and the folks that don't like that that like to get to the root of issues are rooted out. Dave Lister's candidacy is based on this also and his utter frustration at the Water Bureau billing fiasco. The sad thing that I think was demonstrated with the Foxworth thing, was relationships is more important than performance in a job there, whether that relationship is being the significant other to one of the City Power brokers, or son, or son-in-law, or have some relationship to someone rich and powerful who pulls the strings. When the neighborhood associations are tired of being lied to and the taxpayers realize how much of thier future is being mortgaged then maybe we can have a dialogue on how to fix things, I have a friend who tells me it won't happen until we hit the wall. I did pick up on Jack's little item a while back that the City was buying its favorable bond rating, that is a crack, along with the potholes, and watermain leaks, sewer overflows, and increased gang activity, homeless still homeless.
Amanda is getting out to the neighborhoods, hopefully they will get out for her on election day.

Swimmer:

I know Amanda's carrying the positive message and all, but seriously, she won't have a chance if she doesn't throw some elbows. There are two reasons for this. First, Dan must be held accountable for his record and HE'S not going to point out his shortcomings.

More importantly, though, part of being a politician is being tough. If voters see Amanda as weak-kneed for not going after her opponent, they won't vote for her. She has to step up. There is no alternative. She has to get tough. She needn't take cheap shots, but she does have to throw real punches. Politics is indeed a boxing match. Voters want a winner. Winners have to throw punches.

Jim Karlock: are you trying to create the false impression that you have engaged in dialogue with the people you quote? If not, would you consider simply putting their words in italics

It's particularly annoying when you do a long series of unrelated comments, because you are creating the false impression that the others are taking your views into account when (more likely), they are ignoring your comments because they are so damned heavy handed and lengthy.


Sponsors


As a lawyer/blogger, I get
to be a member of:

In Vino Veritas

Chloe, Pinot Grigio, Valdadige 2013
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir 2013
Kirkland, Pinot Grigio, Friuli 2013
St. Francis, Red Splash 2011
Rodney Strong, Canernet, Alexander Valley 2011
Erath, Pinot Blanc 2013
Taylor Fladgate, Porto 2007
Portuga, Rose 2013
Domaine Digioia-Royer, Chambolle-Musigny, Vielles Vignes Les Premieres 2008
Locations, F Red Blend
El Perro Verde, Rueda 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red 2
If You See Kay, Red 2011
Turnbull, Old Bull Red 2010
Cherry Tart, Cherry Pie Pinot Noir 2012
Trader Joe's Grand Reserve Cabernet, Oakville 2012
Benton Lane, Pinot Gris 2012
Campo Viejo, Rioja, Reserva 2008
Haden Fig, Pinot Noir 2012
Pendulum Red 2011
Vina Real, Plata, Crianza Rioja 2009
Edmunds St. John, Bone/Jolly, Gamay Noir Rose 2013
Bookwalter, Subplot No. 26
Ayna, Tempranillo 2011
Pete's Mountain, Pinot Noir, Haley's Block 2010
Apaltagua, Reserva Camenere 2012
Lugana, San Benedetto 2012
Argyle Brut 2007
Wildewood Pinot Gris 2012
Anciano, Tempranillo Reserva 2007
Santa Rita, Reserva Cabernet 2009
Casone, Toscana 2008
Fonseca Porto, Bin No. 27
Louis Jadot, Pouilly-Fuissé 2011
Trader Joe's, Grower's Reserve Pinot Noir 2012
Zenato, Lugana San Benedetto 2012
Vintjs, Cabernet 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White 2012
Rainstorm, Oregon Pinot Gris 2012
Silver Palm, North Coast Cabernet 2011
Andrew Rich, Gewurtztraminer 2008
Rodney Strong, Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc 2012
Canoe Ridge, Pinot Gris, Expedition 2012
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Gamay Noir Rose 2012
Dark Horse, Big Red Blend No. 01A
Elk Cove, Pinot Noir Rose 2012
Fletcher, Shiraz 2010
Picollo, Gavi 2011
Domaine Eugene Carrel, Jongieux 2012
Eyrie, Pinot Blanc 2010
Atticus, Pinot Noir 2010
Walter Scott, Pinot Noir, Holstein 2011
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
Coppola, Sofia Rose 2012
Joel Gott, 851 Cabernet 2010
Pol Roget Reserve Sparkling Wine
Mount Eden Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains 2009
Rombauer Chardonnay, Napa Valley 2011
Beringer, Chardonnay, Napa Reserve 2011
Kim Crawford, Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Schloss Vollrads, Spaetlese Rheingau 2010
Belle Glos, Pinot Noir, Clark & Telephone 2010
WillaKenzie, Pinot Noir, Estate Cuvee 2010
Blackbird Vineyards, Arise, Red 2010
Chauteau de Beaucastel, Chateauneuf-du-Pape 2005
Northstar, Merlot 2008
Feather, Cabernet 2007
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Alexander Valley 2002
Silver Oak, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2002
Trader Joe's, Chardonnay, Grower's Reserve 2012
Silver Palm, Cabernet, North Coast 2010
Shingleback, Cabernet, Davey Estate 2010
E. Guigal, Cotes du Rhone 2009
Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio 2011
Alamos, Cabernet 2011
Cousino Macul, Cabernet, Anitguas Reservas 2009
Dreaming Tree Cabernet 2010
1967, Toscana 2009
Charamba, Douro 2008
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Horse Heaven Hills, Cabernet 2010
Lorelle, Horse Heaven Hills Pinot Grigio 2011
Avignonesi, Montepulciano 2004
Lorelle, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2007
Mercedes Eguren, Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lorelle, Columbia Valley Cabernet 2011
Purple Moon, Merlot 2011
Purple Moon, Chardonnnay 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend No. 12
Opula Red Blend 2010
Liberte, Pinot Noir 2010
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Red Blend 2010
Woodbridge, Chardonnay 2011
King Estate, Pinot Noir 2011
Famille Perrin, Cotes du Rhone Villages 2010
Columbia Crest, Les Chevaux Red 2010
14 Hands, Hot to Trot White Blend

The Occasional Book

Phil Stanford - White House Call Girl
John Kaplan & Jon R. Waltz - The Trial of Jack Ruby
Kent Haruf - Eventide
David Halberstam - Summer of '49
Norman Mailer - The Naked and the Dead
Maria Dermoȗt - The Ten Thousand Things
William Faulkner - As I Lay Dying
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
Christopher Buckley - Thank You for Smoking
William Shakespeare - Othello
Joseph Conrad - Heart of Darkness
Bill Bryson - A Short History of Nearly Everything
Cheryl Strayed - Tiny Beautiful Things
Sara Varon - Bake Sale
Stephen King - 11/22/63
Paul Goldstein - Errors and Omissions
Mark Twain - A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Steve Martin - Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life
Beverly Cleary - A Girl from Yamhill, a Memoir
Kent Haruf - Plainsong
Hope Larson - A Wrinkle in Time, the Graphic Novel
Rudyard Kipling - Kim
Peter Ames Carlin - Bruce
Fran Cannon Slayton - When the Whistle Blows
Neil Young - Waging Heavy Peace
Mark Bego - Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul (2012 ed.)
Jenny Lawson - Let's Pretend This Never Happened
J.D. Salinger - Franny and Zooey
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol
Timothy Egan - The Big Burn
Deborah Eisenberg - Transactions in a Foreign Currency
Kurt Vonnegut Jr. - Slaughterhouse Five
Kathryn Lance - Pandora's Genes
Cheryl Strayed - Wild
Fyodor Dostoyevsky - The Brothers Karamazov
Jack London - The House of Pride, and Other Tales of Hawaii
Jack Walker - The Extraordinary Rendition of Vincent Dellamaria
Colum McCann - Let the Great World Spin
Niccolò Machiavelli - The Prince
Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - The Nanny Diaries
Brian Selznick - The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Sharon Creech - Walk Two Moons
Keith Richards - Life
F. Sionil Jose - Dusk
Natalie Babbitt - Tuck Everlasting
Justin Halpern - S#*t My Dad Says
Mark Herrmann - The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
Barry Glassner - The Gospel of Food
Phil Stanford - The Peyton-Allan Files
Jesse Katz - The Opposite Field
Evelyn Waugh - Brideshead Revisited
J.K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
David Sedaris - Holidays on Ice
Donald Miller - A Million Miles in a Thousand Years
Mitch Albom - Have a Little Faith
C.S. Lewis - The Magician's Nephew
F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby
William Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
Ivan Doig - Bucking the Sun
Penda Diakité - I Lost My Tooth in Africa
Grace Lin - The Year of the Rat
Oscar Hijuelos - Mr. Ives' Christmas
Madeline L'Engle - A Wrinkle in Time
Steven Hart - The Last Three Miles
David Sedaris - Me Talk Pretty One Day
Karen Armstrong - The Spiral Staircase
Charles Larson - The Portland Murders
Adrian Wojnarowski - The Miracle of St. Anthony
William H. Colby - Long Goodbye
Steven D. Stark - Meet the Beatles
Phil Stanford - Portland Confidential
Rick Moody - Garden State
Jonathan Schwartz - All in Good Time
David Sedaris - Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Anthony Holden - Big Deal
Robert J. Spitzer - The Spirit of Leadership
James McManus - Positively Fifth Street
Jeff Noon - Vurt

Road Work

Miles run year to date: 315
At this date last year: 168
Total run in 2013: 257
In 2012: 129
In 2011: 113
In 2010: 125
In 2009: 67
In 2008: 28
In 2007: 113
In 2006: 100
In 2005: 149
In 2004: 204
In 2003: 269


Clicky Web Analytics