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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

$60 a year to park on the street in front of your own business

And another $60 a year to park on the street in front of your own house. This is Portland now. We're from the city and we're here to help you.

Comments (22)

There's no such thing as a "proposal" before Portland city council.

Only orders.

Used to be such a fun place to live.

Mayor Mission Creep.

We already have permits in the CEID and they cost $40 per permit. This is a 50% increase in one shot. Also, don't forget that they are doing a LID assessment on the property owners for the streetcar. As a tenant in the district the landlord will pass this cost through to me as a N.N.N. expense under my lease. In my opinion, most businesses in the CEID will see very little benefit to the streetcar, but I'm sure all of the miscreants that lurk around here after dark will love it.

Sounds like a good time to relocate.

Portland: the City that works "you over"

Never has that been so true. Thank you, Sam Rands.

Sounds like a good time to do business elsewhere.

Also, any money raised from the meters needs to benifit the drivers who plug them using it to paving streets, and not to subsidize Sammyboy's toy play train the streetcar or for bicycle infrastructure for the slacker bicyclists.

TR, those "slacker bicyclists" take up less space on the road, fewer parking spots, and account for a large percentage of young consumers. Before you start generalizing about a certain demographic, maybe consider that we're going to be running things soon.

Automobiles are destructive, noisy, and pollute our urban landscape. It is a basic human right to clean air and safe transit. Urban automobile use is a middle finger to both.

My tax dollars (and I do make a generous income and pay my share) pays for parking spots I do not use. You damn well better pay for yours.

That's for the eastside.

For the snobby westside it should be double or triple. Spread the wealthy around and take from those who have and give it to those who need it.

And TrendyThird street area? Charge them $500 per car on the street, and $750 if they put in front yard parking and "stole" a space of street-front parking for their driveway access, back in the 80's when they allowed such theft.

Soak the rich, down with the Top 10%.

maybe consider that we're going to be running things soon.

Without money, which you don't seem to have? Dream on, son.

T.J. VanSlyke reminds us how they earned the title "Bike Nazis".

Let's hope he's staying in character for his generous paying Extra gig on Portlandia.

I kinda feel sorry for him -- the life, the hairline...

http://tjvanslyke.com/about/

Hey T.J.-

Because I have the time, here are a couple of "blogging" points for your conditioned life to consider. They are free, feel even more free to recycle them:

-Your life is not a template.

-Forcing your "iconoclastic" world view upon others is myopic at least and narcissistic at most.

-If you need any advice on how to be live the life you pontificate upon, talk to some real sustainable person with a tent, a stolen bike and a shopping cart.

-Or, if you are into the natural life, please watch the Dick Proenneke documentary about how "it" is really done.

"He currently lives and works in a tiny RV he renovated for full-time living, rendering him a veritable local expert in tiny living. His book Minify recounts his experiences in transitioning to a tiny lifestyle."

Preach it, Mr Local Expert.

Tiny living, indeed.

Maybe P-town will change zoning laws to allow a 150 sq ft urban lot to park your RV. Neo-urban trailer trash, hipster style. Keep on keeping it, Portland!

Ah yes! Peter Stark...failed (never had a real job) self styled "designer" (because he could not pass the architecture boards for the State of Oregon), and whose daddy was a lawyer for one of the large law firms in town (I now forget which one), so he is reasonably well connected to the local power base in Portlandia. He was also a supporter of the Home Depot land grab/give-away at the failed Burnside Bridgehead project a few years back.
In sum...If he is for something, I am against it!
As for you, TJ...get a life and don't preach to me about living a sustainable life. I can beat you at your own game, any day of the week! Just 'cause you ride a bike, and live in a tiny trailer, don't make you green.

OMG...TJ lives in a Rialta...that is a majorly upgraded smallish RV on a VW chassis.
Oh puleez, Mr TJ...At about your age, I lived in a real VW Westfalia, Vanagon, pop top, camper for over a year in Europe! You are NOT an original anything, and you are no more "green" and "sustainable" than any of the rest of us.
Get a job, get a life, and rent an apartment. Grow up!

Automobiles are destructive, noisy, and pollute our urban landscape. It is a basic human right to clean air and safe transit. Urban automobile use is a middle finger to both.

My tax dollars (and I do make a generous income and pay my share) pays for parking spots I do not use. You damn well better pay for yours.

Interesting, considering that the City of Portland only uses vehicle-related income (i.e. gas tax) for road maintenance, so I'd sure like to see what taxes you're paying to pay for parking.

I guess you drive too...hmmmm..

I never knew that "clean air" and "safe transit" were basic human rights...you know, like food, water, shelter. They aren't Constitutional rights. They aren't in the Bible or any other religious text. They aren't scientifically identified needs. (Clean air comes closest, but humans can tolerate some pollution.) And I'd sure love to know how someone who claims to speak for 5% of Portlanders is claiming that he'll run the city, over the 80% of Portlanders that drive.

BTW: What's your IP address?

Well, if the air ain't clean...what's the use?

The rule threes of survival:

3 minutes without air,

3 days w/o water

3 Weeks w/o food.

-from a teacher of survival

...maybe consider that we're going to be running things soon.

Well, well well, such hubris! I guess as long as Sammy and Tom Miller are in your camp, all is on your side. . . but pay attention or pay the piper, the city is running out of money and I wouldn't be surprised that tolls will be put on bike paths before you know it.

So this is to discourage those who park there and go to work downtown. Those people will just park in the closest available free parking. This will just push them further into buckman

TJ, if you are simply trolling, I salute you - consider me hooked. However, if you actually believe that rant you typed, you are both highly judgmental and deluded. Bikes are great - they are environmentally friendly and a good way to stay in shape. However, for people who have kids to ferry around, aren't physically able to bike, have a substantial commute to work, or simply don't have the time to cycle everywhere, the car is a better alternative. Those folks make up the majority of the population that works, lives in, and patronizes this city. People like you, who denigrate anyone who chooses to live a lifestyle that doesn't fit your "green, progressive" agenda, are killing Portland. This is a city, not a social experiment. When a city is made up of nothing but late 20s-mid 30s militant greenies who work 20 hour weeks, I'm guessing it's not long before Chapter 11. Again, if you're trolling well done. If you're not, may the stench from your city issued compost bucket choke the "clean air" you treasure.

Sincerely,
A guy in his late 20s who owns a house, drives to work, and can't stand the sanctimonious jerks who claim to speak for everyone in his age bracket

TJ -
ever consider running for Portland mayor? You've got the attitude, which is really the only required qualification.


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