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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Metro loves the Portland "water house"

Thus confirming that they have no common sense. Hey, Tom Hughes! Clean this junk up, will ya?

Comments (11)

Wow, was that written by Mr Puff-Piece Reporter?

"It's green!"

"But it cost three times what another house would cost."

"But, it's green!"

"So cost is literally no object? Would it still be worth it for $1 million? $1.5 million?


"What does that mean exactly?"

(Fingers in ears) "Green, green, green, green!"

Steve, the proof is in the puffing.

Green is the color of money in this country.

What they should really be doing is finding a way to build "green" houses in ways that are not cost effective. You can build something green for 3x the cost of a normal house, duh. Who doesn't know that already? The challenge is finding ways to reduce the cost of those things so that they trickle down to average people who are building/renovating a house.

What's really sad is that under the mismanagement and poor execution is a decent idea.

For instance, they could have spent a fraction of the money on a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. The water bureau could have purchased water saving products to be installed in Habitat homes and then invited the public to open houses to check out ways that they could incorporate water saving features in their homes.

It's cheaper, generates some good press, accomplishes the stated goals, and helps some people in need save on a water bill.

"they could have spent a fraction of the money"

Only problem with your idea, right there.

That's the problem right there. Portland pols think that first spending more money creates jobs, and not jobs creating tax dollars.

Pragmatic....don't give them any good ideas!

Is anybody else bothered that we spent over $400,000 on a house nobody lives in?

Portland: the city that talks.

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