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.


This page contains a single entry from the blog posted on March 6, 2007 3:49 PM. The previous post in this blog was You've got nothing better to do. The next post in this blog is Reality bites. Many more can be found on the main index page or by looking through the archives.



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

Hap'nin' Guys
Tony Pierce
Parkway Rest Stop
Along the Gradyent
Dwight Jaynes
Bob Borden
Dingleberry Gazette
The Red Electric
Iced Borscht
Jeremy Blachman
Dean's Rhetorical Flourish
Straight White Guy
As Time Goes By
Dave Wagner
Jeff Selis
Alas, a Blog
Scott Hendison
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
And Sew It Goes
Mile 73
Rainy Day Thoughts
That Black Girl
Posie Gets Cozy
Cat Eyes
Rhi in Pink
Ragwaters, Bitters, and Blue Ruin
Rose City Journal
Type Like the Wind

Portland and Oregon
Isaac Laquedem
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
Dave Knows Portland
Idaho's Portugal
Alameda Old House History
MLK in Motion

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
Two Pennies
This Stony Planet
1221 SW 4th
I am a Fish
Here Today
What If...?
Superinky Fixations
The Rural Bus Route
Another Blogger
Mikeyman's Computer Treehouse
Portland Housing Blog

Wonderfully Wacky
Dave Barry
Borowitz Report
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
Ride That Donkey
Singin' Horses
Rally Monkey
Simon Swears
Strong Bad's E-mail

Oregon News
The Oregonian
Portland Tribune
Willamette Week
The Sentinel
Southeast Examiner
Northwest Examiner
Sellwood Bee
Mid-County Memo
Vancouver Voice
Eugene Register-Guard
OPB - Portland
Salem Statesman-Journal
Oregon Capitol News
Portland Business Journal
Daily Journal of Commerce
Oregon Business
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

The Beatles
Bruce Springsteen
Joni Mitchell
Ella Fitzgerald
Steve Earle
Joe Ely
Stevie Wonder
Lou Rawls

E-mail, Feeds, 'n' Stuff

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

It's about time

Whatever else you might say about the City of Portland's current rip-up of SE Hawthorne Boulevard, the traffic signal that's being installed at SE 35th Place is a welcome addition, and long overdue.

Comments (27)

Now if they would put a few of these traffic lights up the pedestrian crossings not at an intersection on Powell Blvd. I would really like that. As it is now, some people just walk out into these crossings ASSuming that everyone will just automatically stop for them. It would be nice if they were required to press a button to change a signal. In many cases people can't see these people crossing because of a larger vehicle in front of them. Also, the average speed on Powell is usually 35-40 MPH - which leads to all sorts of "near misses" and screeching of brakes at the last minute.

This intersection lies 2 lots away from my very first abode here in PDX in Dec. '94--couch surfed for 2 mos. at a college pal's house. A nice short stroll to Mark's Hawthorne Pub--sniffle.

First they take away the Arby's, then they put in a traffic signal--what next?

Parking meters. And condos. Lot of condos.

Well, a tram, duh! That would really solve the ped crossing issues. NE Broadway could use one, too...

It certainly wasn't ruled out last week on West Burnside....

i owned a house a block from there up until a few years ago. i was part of the gang fighting the McDonald's.

most neighbors there didn't care a bit about more signals--they wanted the street brought down to one lane, each way, with a bike path and wider sidewalks. *that* never even got considered, because of Hawthorne's role in traffic flow.

There's still plenty more that they could do. Speed bumps that kept everybody down to 25 or 30 miles an hour would have been a nice touch.

most neighbors there didn't care a bit about more signals

I question that.

I hear you, eco.

I'm one of those neighbors who is very dubious about additional traffic control lights along Hawthorne. My experience is that a light on a major thoroughfare at an intersection increases the auto traffic on the neighborhood street. Auto drivers figure out that it's a good place to get access.

Boy, am I glad I don't live closer to Hawthorne.

Oh...McDonald's, huh? Latecomer. I was part of the gang that stopped the Burger King on 39th, just south of Hawthorne. It seems that in both cases, we still got ugly crap....such is 'development'.

Somebody was going to get killed crossing Hawthorne at that spot. The signal is much needed.

They're supposed to be taking steps to stop cut-through traffic through the back streets.

most neighbors there didn't care a bit about more signals,

I question that. - sez Jack

I'd only question the "most". Perhaps "many" would be a better term.

Making is "safer" along Hawthorne means making it more dangerous in the adjoining neighborhoods.

Yeah, Jack...

There's lots of potential for folks getting killed or injured on Hawthorne. But, from my point of view, this project is not going to change that. The problem is people who do stupid things....pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.

As for stopping "cut-through" traffic in the neighborhood, I'd like to know how they intend to do that. Then, there's actually doing it, as versus saying they'll do it. Y'know, kinda like that $15 million tram *rimshot*.

I started attending the planning meetings for this "upgrade" and gave up in disgust because it became clear to me, and to several others, that the planners had already made up their mind what "needed to be done". Public process was a joke.

Making is "safer" along Hawthorne means making it more dangerous in the
adjoining neighborhoods.

I question that, too.

people who do stupid things .... pedestrians, bicyclists, and

Trying to cross Hawthorne at the corner of 35th Place is not stupid. It's a corner. Pedestrians are told that every corner is a crosswalk. Taking that advice anywhere in Portland has become a life-threatening mistake. But it's not the pedestrians' fault.

the planners had already made up their mind what "needed to be done". Public
process was a joke.

I have no doubt that you're right about that.

my "most" was anecdotal, from neighborhood meetings and the McDonald's project and across the fence. the only group that seemed for it was...the business association (HBBA).

but the curb extensions coming at various locales are a good idea.

Well, I'll tell you, Jack, I've spent a fair amount of time along Hawthorne and what I see is huge numbers of pedestrians who use no crosswalk, no corner and no sense. They walk in and across Hawthorne as their whim decides, even dodging in front of moving vehicles. That light, or any other, ain't gonna solve that.

If you want to make it safe, close it.

eco sez: but the curb extensions coming at various locales are a good idea.

Really? Why? Because it shortens the distance one has to dodge through traffic?

My view is that they constrict the street so that the Tri-Met buses determine the flow of motor traffic. Of course, if traffic backs up behind the slow vehicles, or those making lots of stops at constricted locales, then traffic will slow down, right?


Then again, my experience is that when motorists face a backup on an arterial, they seek alternate routes - that means through the neighborhoods.

Plus, they reduce the number of parking spaces along Hawthorne itself, thereby pushing more parking into the surrounding neighborhood. I'll bet all those folks living within two blocks of Hawthorne will be real thrilled.

That light, or any other, ain't gonna solve that.

If you give people an easy, safe alternative to stupid moves, many will use it. Right now, if you're anywhere 35th Place and need to cross, you're a long walk away from a safe spot to do it. So people just go for it anywhere, rather than walking three or four blocks out of their way. That signal will be much used by pedestrians, many of whom will be giving up their jaywalking ways.

It's about time.

Dream on, Jack.

This morning, I stood at a bus stop that was a half block from a major intersection. That means that there were zebra crosswalks with lighted pedestrian signals, one direction which was pedestrian controlled. In the brief duration I was there, I noted that a doctor, a nurse, an administrator, along with two patients, crossed one of the two major arterials at midblock, directly outside the clinic doors, less than 70 feet from the controlled intersection. The nurse almost got run down by an auto that had turned the corner at the intersection. These are ordinary people, some of them fairly well educated, yet they ignored the controlled pedestrian crosswalks within seconds to barge into traffic and jaywalk.

I think that the new stop light at 35th Place will allow more pedestrians to cross Hawthorne. Some of them will do it right at the crosswalk. Most of them, I expect, will use the additional spacing caused by the stoppage to cross whereever there whim determines.

I stood at a bus stop that was a half block from a major intersection.

On Hawthorne?

Most of them, I expect, will use the additional spacing caused by the stoppage to cross whereever there whim determines.

Doesn't mean that law-abiding folks should have to walk four blocks or risk being killed.

Rave on if you like, but I'm through with this argument.

a welcome addition, and long overdue.

Thanks, Jack. You're absolutely right.

We need MORE traffic signals on Hawthorne, especially down in my neck of the neighborhood down at 23rd.

BTW We've new proposals for a 50+ unit apartment/retail building at 23rd & Hawthorne --where Uncle Paul's Produce is-- and two blocks further east, more codos and retail where the Artisan Dental place is. This in addition to newly proposed condos at 20th & Division and 26th & Division, opposite the new Randy Rappaport condos already going in.

The buzz words in the neighborhood are "under siege," though it's far less that we're anti-development than that we want the infrastruture in place to support all this new development. I've only been waiting 17 years for a light at 23rd & Hawtorne...

Frank, your neck of the woods is toast. Stand by for the wrecking ball; some ugly, ugly cr*p about to be built; and lots of accompanying problems. Wait 'til they start knocking down the single family homes on the side streets. Gotta have more Pearl.

Buckman is, of course, about to be screwed even worse, as it has been for at least four decades. It's just a new crew of creeps about to cash in.

And the hundreds of planners love it. It's their little experiment with your life and your family's future. Enjoy.

Parking meters. And condos. Lot of condos.

Speaking of condos....I read in the Trib that they got a developer for the old Monroe High School. Gonna turn it into 72 condos & retail space. Also says they are going to put rowhouses on the property too.
Its spreading...

i think traffic lights aren't the answer to traffic safety or control.

here's one alternative that's working, though, and for a reason you may not have thought of:

Al of this is chaos in the making. Despite the deep and wide propoganda dished out by our various planners, public officials and the newspapers which have played their chorus for decades.

Rave on if you like, but I'm through with this argument.

Okay...How about a light at every intersection? That'd be just about like closing it.

May the residential street upon which your house is located be cursed with a four-way, light controlled, intersection at the nearest arterial thoroughfare.

Praise be to Ecohuman!!! There SE aesthetic needs more trees, low-rise, people happily talking to each other, zero-emission vehicles-aka bikes, 50 more farmers markets, more open space, and onsite power generation for every home and business.


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

In Vino Veritas

Lange, Pinot Gris 2015
Kiona, Lemberger 2014
Willamette Valley, Pinot Gris 2015
Aix, Rosé de Provence 2016
Marchigüe, Cabernet 2013
Inazío Irruzola, Getariako Txakolina Rosé 2015
Maso Canali, Pinot Grigio 2015
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Kirkland, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016
Cantele, Salice Salentino Reserva 2013
Whispering Angel, Côtes de Provence Rosé 2013
Avissi, Prosecco
Cleto Charli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Secco, Vecchia Modena
Pique Poul, Rosé 2016
Edmunds St. John, Bone-Jolly Rosé 2016
Stoller, Pinot Noir Rosé 2016
Chehalem, Inox Chardonnay 2015
The Four Graces, Pinot Gris 2015
Gascón, Colosal Red 2013
Cardwell Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
L'Ecole No. 41, Merlot 2013
Della Terra, Anonymus
Willamette Valley, Dijon Clone Chardonnay 2013
Wraith, Cabernet, Eidolon Estate 2012
Januik, Red 2015
Tomassi, Valpolicella, Rafaél, 2014
Sharecropper's Pinot Noir 2013
Helix, Pomatia Red Blend 2013
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
Campo Viejo, Rioja Reserva 2011
Villa Antinori, Toscana 2013
Locations, Spanish Red Wine
Locations, Argentinian Red Wine
La Antigua Clásico, Rioja 2011
Shatter, Grenache, Maury 2012
Argyle, Vintage Brut 2011
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16 Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2014
Benton Hill, Pinot Gris 2015
Primarius, Pinot Gris 2015
Januik, Merlot 2013
Napa Cellars, Cabernet 2013
J. Bookwalter, Protagonist 2012
LAN, Rioja Edicion Limitada 2011
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Rutherford 2009
Denada Cellars, Cabernet, Maipo Valley 2014
Marchigüe, Cabernet, Colchagua Valley 2013
Oberon, Cabernet 2014
Hedges, Red Mountain 2012
Balboa, Rose of Grenache 2015
Ontañón, Rioja Reserva 2015
Three Horse Ranch, Pinot Gris 2014
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
Nelms Road, Merlot 2013
Chateau Ste. Michelle, Pinot Gris 2014
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2012
Conn Creek, Cabernet, Napa 2013
Villa Maria, Sauvignon Blanc 2015
G3, Cabernet 2013
Chateau Smith, Cabernet, Washington State 2014
Abacela, Vintner's Blend #16
Willamette Valley, Rose of Pinot Noir, Whole Clusters 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Ca' del Baio Barbaresco Valgrande 2012
Goodfellow, Reserve Pinot Gris, Clover 2014
Lugana, San Benedetto 2014
Wente, Cabernet, Charles Wetmore 2011
La Espera, Cabernet 2011
King Estate, Pinot Gris 2015
Adelsheim, Pinot Gris 2015
Trader Joe's, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley 2015
La Vite Lucente, Toscana Red 2013
St. Francis, Cabernet, Sonoma 2013
Kendall-Jackson, Pinot Noir, California 2013
Beaulieu, Cabernet, Napa Valley 2013
Erath, Pinot Noir, Estate Selection 2012
Abbot's Table, Columbia Valley 2014
Intrinsic, Cabernet 2014
Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2010
Occhipinti, SP68 Bianco 2014
Layer Cake, Shiraz 2013
Desert Wind, Ruah 2011
WillaKenzie, Pinot Gris 2014
Abacela, Fiesta Tempranillo 2013
Des Amis, Rose 2014
Dunham, Trautina 2012
RoxyAnn, Claret 2012
Del Ri, Claret 2012
Stoppa, Emilia, Red 2004
Primarius, Pinot Noir 2013
Domaines Bunan, Bandol Rose 2015
Albero, Bobal Rose 2015
Deer Creek, Pinot Gris 2015
Beaulieu, Rutherford Cabernet 2013
Archery Summit, Vireton Pinot Gris 2014
King Estate, Pinot Gris, Backbone 2014
Oberon, Napa Cabernet 2013
Apaltagua, Envero Carmenere Gran Reserva 2013
Chateau des Arnauds, Cuvee des Capucins 2012
Nine Hats, Red 2013
Benziger, Cabernet, Sonoma 2012
Roxy Ann, Claret 2012
Januik, Merlot 2012
Conundrum, White 2013
St. Francis, Sonoma Cabernet 2012

The Occasional Book

Marc Maron - Waiting for the Punch
Phil Stanford - Rose City Vice
Kenneth R. Feinberg - What is Life Worth?
Kent Haruf - Our Souls at Night
Peter Carey - True History of the Kelly Gang
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games
Amy Stewart - Girl Waits With Gun
Philip Roth - The Plot Against America
Norm Macdonald - Based on a True Story
Christopher Buckley - Boomsday
Ryan Holiday - The Obstacle is the Way
Ruth Sepetys - Between Shades of Gray
Richard Adams - Watership Down
Claire Vaye Watkins - Gold Fame Citrus
Markus Zusak - I am the Messenger
Anthony Doerr - All the Light We Cannot See
James Joyce - Dubliners
Cheryl Strayed - Torch
William Golding - Lord of the Flies
Saul Bellow - Mister Sammler's Planet
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: 5
At this date last year: 3
Total run in 2017: 113
In 2016: 155
In 2015: 271
In 2014: 401
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