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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Get down with Sustainable Susan

If you're impressed by the new video about Portland's long-range planning effort, you're invited to a "celebration" of it on the evening of April 18 at City Hall. One can only imagine what the program will be like.

Comments (23)

It's hard to believe it took "20 public agency partners over 2+ years" to make that video.

City government employees are a never ending stream of coming up with unaffordable ideas that don't work, then celebrating themselves for coming up with such ideas, and ultimately then giving each other worthless awards for them.

A non-stop self esteem fest.

The Portland Plan is good, The Portland Plan is great
We submit our will, As of this date. I love the Portland Plan.

Please now take religion-free non-communion from this 100% recycled fiber cup of small-farm-produced, triple-organic, sustainable fruit beverage, and pass to the left.

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That's about the level this video works on... a combination of treacly Lifetime Movie raw sympathy play (oh the music), and a "let the elite tuck you in" join-the-herd creed that paradoxically resists all definition as a faith.

I ask again: How does this level of central planning make Portland any better than Celebration, Florida? At least they have Disney's money to draw from... where will Portland get money in the coming years?

There isn't going to be a next Wacker Siltronics or Columbia Sportswear, unless you change your ways, or else agree pay them more in incentives than the sum of all the revenue that they will ever generate.

I hope these guys show up!

"Finally, thank you to every one of the 20,000+ people who took the time to study the issues, review early plan drafts, and share ideas, comments and solutions."

It was the bureaucrats themselves and 121.6 people and we know who they are. They are the same planners and people on various committees who miraculously support everything the planners come up with.
Contributing many times in many ways with always the same supportive
cooperation.
The video made them cry with joy.

It only goes through 2035? You call that a vision?

Back to the meetings, everybody. We need you to get us at least through 2112.

Ha, those onesie people remind me of the what the more memorable bus riders on my old Eastside route had in common.

They all struggle with an unusual desire for attention, and they only feel truly accomplished when you can clearly see their ... parcel post.

Transportation Plans, looks like these folks have a " Shovel ready project" that the majority of the county people DO NOT want.

http://www.mcloughlinareaplan.org/2011/03/trolley-trail-plans-groundbreaking-after-a-decade-of-delay/#comment-3789

How dare she say "city's new roadmap to 2035?" That is so wrong.

Sam should never! wear pink!
Or is that a model for a sculpture along the Milwaukie light rail?
And how much does the "celebration" cost? Oh never mind.....

"Today, despite many successes, times are tough and resources
are scarce. There are further challenges on the horizon. In this
context, it’s easy to think we can’t afford ambitious plans. But,
we also know that we must work toward a brighter future."

TRANSLATION: We have to destroy the village in order to save it.

"Portland and Multnomah County’s total carbon
emissions were two percent below 1990 levels in
2009. We are doing better than the rest of the nation;
however, by 2030, total emissions need to be 40
percent below 1990 levels to reach critical city goals."

TRANSLATION: We will impose state socialism by using the false premise that human-produced CO2 is now the dominant factor in the Earth's climate.

"All Portlanders and communities fully
participate in and influence public decision-making."

TRANSLATION: Tell a lie enough times and people will believe it.

"Portland and Multnomah County’s total carbon
emissions were two percent below 1990 levels in
2009. We are doing better than the rest of the nation;
however, by 2030, total emissions need to be 40
percent below 1990 levels to reach critical city goals."

We accomplished this CO2 reduction, not with bike paths and bioswales, but by driving out most of the heavy industry in Portland.

We need to continue to keep driving industry out of Portland, if we are to meet our CO2 reduction targets. Our tax policies and increases in water and sewer fees are deigned to continue deindustrializing Portland. Remember, no one has a smaller carbon footprint than an unemployed person!

I'm not understanding this plan thing.

It looks like they spent a bazillion man-hours (@ $100K/year) generating a bunch of goals with no idea how to get there.

They might as well have said the goal in 2035 is zero cancer deaths in Portland.

Considering the 95% 4 year grad rate goal for high schools (vs. 60% today), that cancer goal actually be more achievable.

"Apply triple bottom line business case analysis for repair, maintenance and/or replacement of
infrastructure. Mitigate the risk of not meeting equitable levels of service, while also ensuring reliability,
quality and safety."

TRANSLATION: If the public doesn't buy your BS about why you wont spent money on what people actually want (like good streets), then you have two more chances to BS the masses.

"Planning and investment: Establish a transportation
policy that prioritizes creating transportation systems that
support active transportation modes – walking, biking
and transit. Develop and promote telework resources and
incentives."

TRANSLATION: Anyone who drives a private car will be subject to retraining and if not effective, forced to work at home in leg irons.

"They might as well have said the goal in 2035 is zero cancer deaths in Portland.

"Considering the 95% 4 year grad rate goal for high schools (vs. 60% today), that cancer goal actually be more achievable."

I majored in Russian studies in college and the (infamous?) five-year plans were even more amusing when one would read of the various members of parliament at these five-year meetings taking turns getting up and shouting, "Yes, we made 4,000 washing machines annually in the last period and in the next five-year plan we will make 20,000 a year!" Glorious vainglories amounting to ..... nothing.

Which is not the only thing in this silliness that bears some vague comparison.

This does bestink of another masturbation festival of Portland smuggery down at City Hall.

Another D(r)umb Circle Jerk.

If there ever comes a pictionary next to the word trivial, would be a copy of the video!

I wish we could chalk this up as being trivial,
but they are dead serious about this.

Portland Plan Handbook:
Housing Forecasts
Like it or not, forecasts project that in
2035 there will be more people in Portland
than there are today. Metro, our regional
government, forecasts the region will
gain between 464,000 and 620,000 new
households between now and 2035. Approximately
21 to 25 percent, or 117,000 to
133,000, of those households are expected
to locate in Portland by 2035.

That's what I call a SWAG!


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