Portland, Oregon: Insane and Insufferable
Pegeen, Hawkins, Byerly: our own little Goldschmidt wannabes! And all you second-class citizens get ready to pay. The trolleys are coming to Gainesville and bus rapid transit to Alachua County with no road repair in sight. You should take the time to read the full article so you will be knowledgable when your tax bill rises and your opportunities to prosper dwindle. Or maybe you will do something about it before we get mired down in total insanity.
“The same year Portland began implementing its urban growth boundary, Neil Goldschmidt became mayor. Goldschmidt quickly recognized that the land-use-transportation connection could be exploited to political ends, and this insight would make him the state’s largest powerbroker for decades to come.”
“Goldschmidt had to find an irrationally expensive new mode of public transportation, and thus began liberal America’s love affair with “light rail.” And light rail had another advantage over buses, namely that the laying of tracks and the placement of stations allowed Goldschmidt even more power to manipulate land use, making him a kingmaker among developers.”
“Vaunted though it might be, Portland’s light rail system hasn’t been the success its planners hoped. It’s called “light” rail not because the trains are less heavy, but because it’s more lightly used by the public than, say, New York’s subway or Washington, D.C.’s Metro. Over the course of the 1980s, the city’s first light rail line was finally completed, and the percentage of Portlanders using public transportation declined.”
“So I may be 3,000 miles away as I write this, but I’m not a disinterested observer. Perhaps some time and distance are needed before rendering an impartial judgment on what has become of a city that you truly know and love. Unlike the New York Times, I write not to praise the place but to note the litany of things that plainly have gone wrong. Also to alert anyone else who’s listening: Right now, America’s civil and social engineers are beavering away trying to turn your city or town into the next Portlandia.”
From the Weekly Standard: http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/insufferable-portland_631919.html