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 14, 2011 10:42 AM. The previous post in this blog was A-park-olypse for Timbers fans. The next post in this blog is They're everywhere. 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

Monday, March 14, 2011

"Urban renewal" about to get whacked in Chicago

First Jerry Brown is killing it. Now Rahm Emanuel is reforming it. But here in Portlandia, the kids are still putting a bird on it. How dopey.

Comments (16)

Jerry Brown and Rahm Emanuel must be raging libertarians, because here in True Blue Portland, we know that it is "progressive" to never question what the local government is doing.

My favorite line in the article is where Sam Adams says: "Sure we already had an urban renewal there for 20-plus years, but that was before bioswales, so we have to start over."

Well, at least one former proponent is getting out of the business.

Speaking of bioswales, they just put some really large ones in my neighborhood. Both are full of standing water. Given that these are going in all over town, I expect we'll eventually have a full blown malaria outbreak right here in Portland, Ory-goner, where everything is done the right way by the world's smartest people. In Portland We Trust.

Over the years, it’s kind of morphed from a tool for blighted economic communities into an all-purpose vehicle.” “We need to return it to its original purpose — it should not be used for high-rent areas.

Such an appropriate comment by Emanuel not restricted to Chicago. It bears repeating in Portland over and over until they get the message.

Kiddie Hall in Portland is totally deaf on this.
The TIF masters call the shots here and will continue to do so until the city hall has a good old fashioned total clean out.
I don't see that happening soon.

I always thought bioswales were to catch as much as possible surface water off our streets and let it percolate back into the ground.

The new extensive bioswales costing over $120 thousand in front of St. Clare School and Capital Hill Grade School on SW 17th does just the opposite. The bioswale is located at the highest grade point of all the 20 block surrounding area. Thus nothing drains to the bioswale, not even the extensive paved playground and parking areas of the two adjacent schools. Where were the CoP engineers?

Additionally the bioswale eliminated over 5 parking/drop off spaces for the schools which are sorely needed. Thus, there is even more traffic backups.

When are we going to get some common sense even at the bioswale level besides at the urban renewal level? Maybe bioswales are impetus for urban renewal, they help create "blight" with there hatred of commerce and parking.

"That money would be diverted from the city, county and school district. But recent changes in Oregon law limit the loss to the school district."

I know Cogen was trying to get URDs limited, but what exactly is the law besides getting more people to approve it? Besides that'd only last as long as Cogen doesn't work for CoP.

Perhaps drainage is only some vague secondary purpose of the bioswale, the primary purpose being street obstruction and parking space elimination?

"“We know it’s a sacrifice to take dollars out of the tax base, but we are also asking them to make some investments here,” Desrochers says."

Could the gentlemen point out how the return on these "investments" is coming along?

I love that quote pdxjim. It sounds like he's saying:

"We're asking you to sacrifice some of your tax revenue, and in return we will allow you to make an investment in us."

So gracious!

Desrocher, how are the returns on investments coming back from SoWhat after 12 years of SoWhat Urban Renewal? The tax base has hardly increased and partially due to the fact that OHSU and PSU pays no property taxes.

Yes, we've got more potholes, more bio-swales, no greenway, torn up streets, parking meters over two miles from the city center, not one transportation improvement, more bond debt because SoWhat property tax increases aren't keeping up with the expenditures, not one bio-tech job, not one affordable housing unit......; but yes, we have a tram and a trolley.

Steve: From what I understand, the law is not that new.

URAs formed before 2001 take money from all school funds. Money taken from the State School Fund gets "topped up" by the state (that's how the rest of the state pays or our urban renewal). Money taken from the local option and capital bonds don't get replaced.

For URAs formed after 2001, the money is taken only from the State School Fund, so all of the money is topped up by the state. Local option and capital bond money is not subject to TIF.

For someone who's been fired, Desrocher sure takes a long time to leave. She's like the secretary who'd been around so long that she thought she owned the company. Then Sustainable Wim came in and unsustained her.

“Right now we have 4,000 employees and an economic impact of $1.4 billion,” Wiewel says. “That will go up proportionally as we grow.We will contribute greatly to making Portland globally competitive, which helps create well-paying jobs in the region.”

Wim might wish to check with the no growth cult at kiddie hall. Glad I am leaving the area behind.

Is there no comment section at the Trib story?

This is more BS than when OHSU claimed the tram would be a linchpin for a biotech cluster and 10,000 biotech jobs in SoWa.

It's nothing but a raid on property tax revenue because there is no other source of funding for these pipe dreams.

Where else would Adams and PSU get this money?

It's a corrupted use of Urban Renewal as most all of the identified projects don't and won't pay any property taxes to repay the debt.

That means it will take raiding the property tax revenue stream to pay the debt with interest .

This opinion piece is complicit in the public deceit used to advance these plans.

"Urban renewal plan adds fuel to PSU’s future"

"Fuel"??? It's free money that no one involved will be responsible for.

The "plan" is borrowed millions paid back by pilfering an existing essential services revenue stream.

"expands the university’s "area of influence"

"Portland State University’s drive to become a major player"

Adams now wants to concentrate it only around PSU.

focused on expanding Portland State University as a leading engine of economic growth, prosperity, and opportunity,” Adams said.

This is ridiculous. The projects in mind are not those that would ever deliver that pipe dream.

PSU and Adams are just scrambling for money.

Once spent there won't be anything recognizable as having "transformed Portland into a “small-and-scrappy, globally competitive city.”

No more than the Oregon Sustainability Center will or than the new MAX lines, Streetcar lines and transit mall have.

Those too were promised to spur economic development.

All they have spurred is more government debt spending with more urban renewal schemes like this one we see emerging.

Now this PSU plan is supposed to spur economic growth and prosperity?

The same thing is being said about Milwaukie Light Rail. It's now the linchpin for SoWa and planned PSU/OUS Life Sciences Collaborative Center.

"Wiewel says of PSU’s changing role.“Cities with quality educational institutions and highly educated populations will do far better than those without. Having a mayor who gets that is great.”

Well that's real swell, but this Urban Renewal plan is NOT the making of a "quality educational institutions" or a "highly educated population".

In fact those involved know they will never face any assessment to figure out if it was any net gain at all.

So where is the evidence these millions in property tax dollars are better spent on this plan? How does this plan become a higher priority than the essential services otherwise funded by the millions diverted for this scheme?

PSU’s vice president says urban-renewal assistance is essential.

Of course it is. The reckless spending practices in SoWa and on the Sustainability Center have PSU over extended. They are essentially broke and unable to borrow against their own revenue stream.

So raiding property taxes makes sense?

This is madness.

Adams and company are out of control fools who are stacking up debt against already over extended revenue streams.

Jeff Cogen and Portland Public Schools officials must acknowledge the madness and put a stop to it.

Urban renewal works like this

What UR proponents never reveal is the continued rising cost of essential services that lose the naturally increasing property taxes needed to help keep pace.

The public deceit department at the PDC calls this taking of property taxes from essential services "generating $134 million for redevelopment projects during the first 20 years or so"

It isn't generated at all. It is simply taken. And if $134 million is borrowed for projects it will take at least $220 million in property taxes to repay the UR debt.

Honesty is always missing when Urban Renewal schemes are debated and officials present these proposed urban renewal plans.

If they were honest these plans would never get approved.

“To facilitate world-class research and commercialization, we need cutting-edge universities"

That is verbatim what was said to move the Tram forward.

Sam Adams and friends are not facilitators of anything but massive debt and programs of mass dysfunction.

There's nothing facilitating of research or commercialization about the "Urban Plaza that is served by the Portland Streetcar, where the College of Urban and Public Affairs is located."

Or a "new mixed-use housing tower and Campus Recreation Center along the Transit Mall extension."

These are the kinds of things PSU is looking to expand to the Willamette River.

Token addition of a paltry "2,600-square-foot bioscience lab" means nothing.

PSU is on a spending frenzy, has borrowed against future tuition revenue and Adams is attempting to misappropriate millions in property taxes others pay to quench their reckless thirst and addiction for more.


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