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Friday, August 31, 2012

Think urban planning has gone overboard?

Then you must be in the Tea Party. At least, so says this piece, which reminds us that to save nice places like Cornelius, you must wreck nice places like Portland. Anybody who questions "smart growth" must be a foe of the environment.

What bullpucky.

It's a shame that folks can't see that Portland's measly 1% annual population growth can be easily handled without destroying either it or the rural surroundings. Increasing housing stock at the same anemic rate within the existing urban growth boundary would require neither paving over farmland nor trashing residential neighborhoods with soulless, parking-less cr-apartments. But when the greedy co-opt the greens, mostly everybody loses. And that's what we're railing about in Portland these days.

Comments (9)

OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!. The Tea Party! Huns! and Vandals! and Ravening Hordes!, oh my!

What you think is pre-arranged, THUS:

The most notorious unintentional sound bite appears in a 1969 memo from John W. Burgard, vice-president of marketing for the Brown & Williamson tobacco company: "Doubt is our [mass-media] product since it is the best means of competing with the body of fact that exists in the mind of the general public. It is also the means of establishing that there is a controversy."
Remember: the 'body of fact' in your mind is there for you to doubt.

Now, what's today's topic? 'Urban planning.' Doubt can be infected in the mass public 'thought' on that topic, (pick a topic, any civil topic), and who benefits from the P.R. of that (urban planning) doubt?

You forgetting the millions of Climate Refugees who are in the process of loading up their soon-to-be-scrapped gasoline-powered vehicles to flee to the Progressive Promised Land of Portland before the locust plagues hit their squalid homes.

The apartment bunkers need to be constructed before the refugees get here!

What a bunch of clap trap!

I have never tried to trap clap. Is there a special trap, or a special bait? Inquiring minds want to know.

"[W]hen the greedy co-opt the greens, mostly everybody loses. And that's what we're railing about in Portland these days."

That actually strikes me as a punchy summary of what you do best.

I don't always agree with your take on things; personally I think you sometimes throw out too much green baby with the greedy bathwater. I want Portland and Oregon citizens and government to be trying to improve the place we all live, not just digging in.

But you often fill a gaping void between those who are too obsequious to developers and power brokers to risk offending them, and those who are too cool to focus on boring issues like funding and parking.

I just got around to reading this issue of the Portland Business Urinal.
Homer says it's too hard to do biz now and some other folks are saying that there will be 61% growth by 2035 and we had all better get used to riding the toy trains now.
I guess I had better invent the 'clap trap' right away...or maybe I'll just ask the 'working girls' on 82nd to go to city hall and the PDC offices.
Why reinvent the wheel...so to speak.

You forgetting the millions of Climate Refugees

Yeah, the ones CHOOSING to live at a mere 40 feet above sea level, right in the path of major snowmelt passages (rivers)...while I'm sitting here in those awful suburbs, a comfortable 240 feet above sea level.

Not to mention, they're sitting on fill dirt and structures whose first floors sit below what is now believed to be "surface level". With thousands of tons of steel and concrete right over their heads.

While global warming floods their homes and the next big one flattens what isn't flooded...I'll be comfortable knowing that while I had a cheaply built 1970s era wooden ranch home, I probably won't die. I'll still be able to travel places. I won't have to deal with huge bridges that have been destroyed and a fixed-guideway mass transit system rendered useless because at least one of its substation structures that powers much of the downtown MAX system sits right at the level that a century ago was so frequently flooded that downtown was "relocated" ten feet higher.

And the folks who live out in Gateway and Lents? At 100-150 feet above sea level? They'll be laughing at City Hall.

Smart planning...whatever.

So if the median vacancy rate in the Portland Metro area is around 5% (source: https://www.reisreports.com/Markets/Oregon/Portland/Apartment/), and Portland's population is growing at 1% annually (generous figure, but whatever) then does that mean we can knock off the developer handouts for ~5 years?

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