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Mid-week meditation

Dim the lights, remove your shoes, and stare at this, taking slow, deep breaths:

After a while, you'll feel it -- the awakening. You'll realize that food composting, bike paths, apartment bunkers, and streetcars are the essentials for a happy future. And have a wonderful day.

Comments (39)

Someone has obviously hacked the COP's website and posted this fakery.

Good Lord. I can see the City of Portland border from my "Western Neighborhood" home.

So close... So close, yet so very far away.

Thriving, Educated Youth. I guess Portland has been left out of all those memos on large businesses that are forced to ship work overseas due to a lack of a blue collar workforce...Portland will become another San Francisco - devoid of any industry and just a rich enclave for the elite, while the 99% has to move to Oakland or elsewhere.

Let's just shut down the Port of Portland while we're at it. Tacoma can have all of the maritime business...we can even bypass all of our freight railroads away from Portland and just have commuter trains and nothing else. Just like San Francisco! And cable cars, and trolleys (new and old), light rail...we'll be a tourism mecca!

I do not see anything in this graphic that represents the city of Portland, or Portlandia.

I'll second Portland Native. It is striking to me that the city of Portland neither possesses nor tries to attain any of the ideals on this mandala in any honest fashion.

A similar emblem would work a little better, with the words "corruption, graft, unemployment, crumbling infrastructure, unsustainable debt for our children to deal with," etc.

Makes a nice lid for a pothole.

The graphs towards the middle of the report that show the various goals for 2035 are pretty funny. Most of them conveniently crop out most of the statistics from previous decades (going back about 10 years at most), and naturally the report doesn't seem to talk too much about how previous policies have performed. The goals are also so high and ambitious that what previous results that are provided are indiscernible because the graph scale is so blown out of proportion. But if you look at the employment graph you'll see a little humdinger that got past the bureaucratic pap machine: total employment remaining flat throughout the previous decade then taking a steep nose-dive around 2007. According to the graph the city should have made a complete turnaround 2 years ago and currently we should have a steadily growing job market (NOT). Also looks like they've concealed the decline in transit ridership by lumping it into "active transportation" which apparently has grown by some robust but unexplained statistical measure.

Anyway, I guess if the plan doesn't work, then just re-work the statistics and call it good!

The image is from the Portland Plan. Seems like more of the innocuous piffle the city would rather spend its time on than paving streets, but it will have serious, tangible impacts. The Portland Plan is going to be used to drive the review and updating of the Comprehensive Plan later this year (the city was supposed to do this years ago, but the state's given them a pass). The Comp Plan is where the rubber meets the road and the Portland Plan's "values" will be implemented. The Comp Plan will update building codes, zoning, and city plans, policies, and incentives about where and how growth will occur. For example, the Portland Plan says we need a "healthy connected city" with "20-minute-neighborhoods"; the Comp Plan will make that reality by re-zoning your neighborhood of single-family homes to allow condos and apartment buildings.

Watchdogging this process is going to be mind-numbing, but is essential for anyone who wants to preserve the character of your Portland neighborhood or at least make sure you and your neighbors have a say in the changes that will be coming. Citizens can get the city to change its plans or offer concessions -- I've seen it happen -- but it takes a concerted effort, often over a long period of time. If you haven't already, I'd suggest folks get in touch with the land-use contacts at your neighborhood associations. It's likely they've been following the Portland/Comp Plan process, or if not can connect you with other neighborhood-level and city-wide groups that are.

Staring at that is like reading the magazine covers at the grocery store check stand.

"If you haven't already, I'd suggest folks get in touch with the land-use contacts at your neighborhood associations."

Eric, the neighborhood associations I'm familiar with are the instruments through which the city is shoving their agenda through. They are the cheerleaders for all thing "change." I think one would find little support through them for any challenge to this absurd "plan." The city and the neighborhood associations have a sense of self-entitled authority and they know what's best for the entire population. Fortunately, most of the real neighborhood association troublemakers are at an age where they won't be around too much longer.

The only things this chart is missing are the two Goatse hands on either side.

PDXLifer,

I think you're painting with too broad of a brush. Some of the NAs are indeed shills for the city, but others are more independent. It really depends on the quality and interests of the volunteers that run them.

I still suggest you get in touch with them, whether you support their position on the Portland/Comp plan or not. They're more likely to be plugged into the process and/or be more informed as to what the Portland/Comp Plan has in store for your particular neighborhood.

That's really the issue isn't it? I mean, who actually takes the
time or has the time to attend neighborhood association meetings except the zealots and maybe a handful of concerned citizens?

I believe we had all of that back in the '50s when we had a car based transportation system and single family homes on large lots.

The morons who currently run Portland are too stupid to comprehend the fact that their policies are causing the problems. Worthless jackwagons!

"Also looks like they've concealed the decline in transit ridership by lumping it into "active transportation" which apparently has grown by some robust but unexplained statistical measure."

It's also funny how they take credit for Nike, Intel, Columbia Sportswear, et. al., as they proudly announce how much "Portland" exports.

For example, the Portland Plan says we need a "healthy connected city" with "20-minute-neighborhoods"; the Comp Plan will make that reality by re-zoning your neighborhood of single-family homes to allow condos and apartment buildings.

Good luck with that on places like SW Taylors Ferry Road; in my neighborhood, a walk to the nearest store takes well over an hour. (Tualatin Market shut down a month or so ago).

Two questions?

Is it vertigo from staring at this thing making me want to
hurl, or something else?

Where's the bird? It mustn't be a true govt creation without art.

Sodden thought: Are we all now Clint Eastwood, collectively saying "Get off my lawn."

Well, Mark. It is my lawn. I believe I have that right. Although it appears there a lot of folks who might assert otherwise. Not sure why that bothers some. Other than the politics of envy hard at work.

My point being that all this points to building a Portland for a younger generation.

The yellow triangle in the center looks empty. It would look better with a symbol in it. Here are some suggestions:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hazard_symbol

"My point being that all this points to building a Portland for a younger generation."

As Portland, and the population of the United States, steadily ages. Did you know (despite all the youth-oriented hype), that the average age in Portland was younger forty years ago than it is now?

Which is why we will all NOT be riding bikes in 2020! I will be 80 years old!

BTW, I'd like to that Sam Adams and the City of Portland from the bottom of my heart.

I have to be out of town on a business trip on my garbage pickup day next week, so I get to go four weeks without garbage pickup, for the second time since this wonderful program started.

Thanks a lot, jerks.

What's more fun is when you have two diaper wearing children in the house and due to family emergency you miss one week. Oops, I guess that's my fault for "breeding" in a city with a child-hating and life-in-general hating agenda.

"Seems like more of the innocuous piffle the city would rather spend its time on than paving streets"

Like the ministry of dis-information, they'd rather spend time convincing us they are doing something we want rather than doaing anything of substance.

Thriving educated youth? God, they'll go nutz if we get the graduation rate up to 70%

I'm always interested in the words the Change Agents use to push their agendas. Words creep into the planning jargon seemingly without notice - everyday words that sound positive and hopeful. But in the twisted world of planning, words are used as code and usually mean something else. Now I am seeing "healthy" being used a lot. I'm sick of vibrant, robust, thriving - what are they trying to communicate anyway?

Nolo: I guess I'll have to add "vibrant," "robust," "thriving" and "healthy" to "green," "sustainable" and "progressive" as words that need to be abandoned or banned.

Bureaucratese is hardly new but it does get ever more slippery. I can remember being irritated beyond measure by "proactive" starting in the 70's, but that was a new coinage in its meaning. The words now are all co-optations, quickly and thoroughly ruined.

Oh, we have to throw "connected" in there, too. What an abomination that one has almost instantly become.

Portland's best export is the headquarters of successful companies.

Did they really mean to make equity and opportunity into polar opposites?

Equity - like bicyclists not paying their own way for bicycle infrastructure. Opportunity - like the opportunity for businesses to locate and receive taxpayer subsidies, but only if they are on a pre-approved favored list .Thriving Educated Youth – like education is the cost of true government when the just can is kicked down the road rather than actually paving streets. Healthy Connected City – like having no breathing room in tiny bunkers and over dandified tenement districts. Economic Prosperity and Affordability – like for the fat cat developers and others on the take rather than average taxpayers who will be stuck with this Sammyboy sham. Yup such a plan fits with weird, loose change at City hall and slush fund pet projects. Too bad the Potland hasn’t caught up with real world yet. (spelling intentional. P.S. I can see the burbs and Vancouver from Rocky Butte.

Nolo and Sally, you forgot "resilient". The new favorite.

Lake O is in the midst of our "visioning" Comp. Plan update. Same story -- 20 minute neighborhoods, connected, affordable, density, etc. etc. They are also using the three circle symbol.

http://welovelakeoswego.com/

I'm thinking intestines. I'm also remembering middle school math prep for the British O level test, and how I have never, ever, ever, had to use a Venn diagram in real life. And certainly never one with empty intersecting areas.

What is WRONG with these people?

Don't forget diversity and multiculturalism. If any terms needed to be dumped in the rubbish bins of history, those would be high on the list.
I would replace them with "diligence" (for diversity), and "demystification", (for multiculturalism).

PDXLifer,
Thank you for that link.
It explains a lot!
No wonder so many of us object to the plans.

From the link above that PDXLifer provided:

Equity - use of sociology and a replacement system of justice in order to re-engineer humanity into a world collective.

Is that what our new Office of Equity is about?

I wish I had posted this earlier. One is late to the party 24-48 hours after a blog post! But if you nose around on that site (and others dealing with U.N. Agenda 21), you will see the back story to a lot of what is happening now. Some views are over the top - but I think the reality is somewhere in the middle.

"I think you're painting with too broad of a brush. Some of the NAs are indeed shills for the city, but others are more independent."

Those who are independent are few and far between. Those who are independent meet stiff resistance when it comes to Chair meetings and other collective meetings.


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