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Thursday, August 12, 2010

War over "urban renewal" is definitely on

Yesterday we spotlighted the bureaucrat and developer interests foisting "urban renewal" on Portland's suburbs. Here are the have-nots.

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The article says that Oregon counties lost $37.8 million to urban renewal districts last year. But Multnomah County alone accounted for 66% of that! Multnomah County lost $25 million, or roughly 7% of their current revenue.

Drives home how much the urban renewal problem is largely a City of Portland problem.

The "urban renewal" game in Portland is pretty much over. That's why the weasels are moving to the outskirts. "Urban renewal" -- without the urbs.

Cogan: . . .“The trade-offs of urban renewal weren’t being brought into the discussion, but now they are,” he said. “But we still have to see how it plays out over the next few years to see if this will be an overall solution or just a step in the right direction.”

It looks like Cogan is more interested in a wait and see approach and to get along than he is willing to make strong statements. We had a much stronger advocate and statements from Ted Wheeler concerning the negative impact of urban renewal regarding public interests and services.

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