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Friday, April 5, 2013

Guess what's going to save Cully from gentrification

It's going to be a "living eco-district"! Sure, that will work. More reality detachment brought to you by the Portland State Patronage Center, faithfully regurgitated by some guy at the O. You can't make this stuff up.

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"THEY" know you are leaving us, Jack!
Things will get really outrageous now.

I could hear the train whistle as I read that.
And it wasn't the BN freight heading east.

Portland's "sustainability" smokescreen is the new excuse for corruption, discrimination, cronyism, greed... what did I leave out?

Who'll be the next "Boss Tweed"?

More like "eco-ghettos" -- no one can get in and nobody can get out.

And once again, with feeling: harness global ecosystems, curate adaptive basins, leverage revolutionary functionalities, threshold real-time regimes, mesh green models, enhance sustainable fields, contaminate experiential ecosystems, disintermediate abandoned hybrids, threshold scalar peripheries, incubate compelling constituencies, map self-organizing communities, and most importantly, take the tram [rimshot] to the streetcar and ride…ride…ride....to nowhere.

Hard to say what'll happen there once the demographic purge is complete.

Cully should be concerned about what "eco-districts" really means, and how it eats up taxpayer dollars that go for the select few.

Take for example SoWhat's eco-district that wasn't even approved by their URAC. PDC/CoP just pushed it through. In their last budget for just the next year they budgeted $450,000 for a pipe with $200,000 budgeted for PDC administration. The pipe to OHSU and Zidell's property is to provide some underground utilities that are normally provided by the property owners. But now taxpayers get to pay for it.

Another big pipe story for Portland. Eco-districts are a pandora's box into all kinds of tax stealing programs with all kinds of made-up justifications benefiting the few, if that.

Those students' hearts are in the right place. Sadly, though, their heads are so far up their butts that they're Klein bottles with legs.

Speaking of "big pipes", sometimes I've wondered if PWB's "Big Pipe Project" is even really there. For all we know, a few big holes were dug down into the ground while the funding for the rest of it went elsewhere.

Just asking..

Concerning "big pipes". Here's how SoWhat's North Macadam URA Budget Detail listed the eco-district in one of its lines:

N32530515 EcoDistrict Conduit-NMC-Adm
FY 2012-13 $250,000"

PDC even has the audacity to call the pipe a conduit, then to call it a "transportation" expenditure. Now they can claim they are spending money on "Transportation" while there has been hardly real vehicle transportation projects to provide access to SoWhat.

When the PSU kids are done with this, it will never be "living" (because all of the people who LIVE there won't be able to afford it), nor eco-anything (at least no more eco-friendly than Forest Park), nor a district (unless you count "three corners" - where Oregon, Idaho and Nevada come together, as a district).

"A living eco-district." Makes me think of Colonial Jamestown or Plimoth Plantation, where employees dress in costume and act as if they were citizens of the community from the 1600's while tourists come to watch and ask questions.

So, what would we have in the Cully Eco-District Tourist Trap? All the actor/employees would ride around on bikes, wearing organic cotton outfits and no leather shoes or belts. They would garden in their front yards, raise chickens, compost compulsively, brew their own beer, and hang out at the local food cart. Tourists from New York City (ie, gullible government officials) would come to study and learn how they can bring such vibrant sustainability to their own neighborhoods.

Oh, one difference--the Jamestown/Plimoth people can leave at night and drive their cars to their own homes eat a hamburger, drink a Big Gulp, and even smoke a cigarette if they feel like it.

Will a "living eco-disrict" include a having a a food waste composting site within the neighborhood?
Eco-district is another buzz word used, what does it really mean and what changes will happen in those eco-districts? I believe this is part of more "redo" of our city, neighborhoods and is much more extensive than we are being privy to.

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