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The letter and 60 business owners that changed PBOT’s mind on 28th Ave – UPDATED

Posted by on April 28th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

The 60 businesses on this map all signed a letter to PBOT in opposition to plans that would have replaced auto parking with a buffered bike lane.

“The removal of substantial amounts of parking puts our area at a competitive disadvantage…”
— from a letter to PBOT signed by 60 businesses

On Friday we reported that the Bureau of Transportation — under sharp pressure from business owners — decided to scrap a proposal that would have created a buffered bike lane on one side of 28th Avenue between Stark and Sandy. PBOT was poised to consider a bike lane in the space currently occupied by 100 curbside auto parking spaces; but they showed up to the meeting of their 20s Bikeway Project Stakeholder Advisory Committee with a new plan (a.k.a. a “draft recommendation”).

The new recommendation would maintain 28th as an “enhanced shared roadway” (where auto and bike traffic share the same space, just like they do now) and direct bicycle riders to a residential side street two blocks east. Suffice it to say a lot of readers weren’t happy with that decision.

At the meeting where the new recommendation was unveiled, PBOT was presented with a petition signed by numerous businesses along 28th. We didn’t receive a copy of that petition at the meeting so it wasn’t included in Friday’s story. However, many of you expressed interest in seeing the text of the letter and the complete list of business that expressed opposition to the bike lane. We have since obtained photos of the letter and its signatories from an unnamed source who was at the meeting. We transcribed the letter and the names and have shared the information below:

Mr. Rich Newlands
Portland Bureau of Transportation

The purpose of this letter is to communicate our primary interests in regards to the proposed bikeway between I-84 and SE Stark. The business community’s overriding concern along the 28th Avenue corridor is the safety of our neighbors, visitors and employees, no matter the mode of transport — pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle. We support a bikeway that does not remove curbside parking on 28th Avenue. We will continue to support any alignment that does not impact parking on 28th Avenue and in the meantime will continue to provide our own extensive accommodation of bicyclists in our district.

Curbside auto parking along the short section of 28th between Sandy and Stark is already minimal and will become further stressed as the nearly 200 nearby new apartments, now nearing completion, are occupied by tenants. Very little off-street parking is provided for these apartments. Recent studies show that at least seventy percent of the new tenants will own automobiles and will have to depend on street parking (City of Portland Parking Impacts for new TOD Along Portland Inner Corridors by David Evans and Assoc., November 2012). Due to new housing and pre-existing housing infill, surrounding neighborhood streets already experience a serious shortage of on-street parking.

As business and property owners we are concerned with the safety, vitality, and livability of our neighborhood. The proposal to remove parking along one side of 28th Ave. is only going to add to the stress of the neighborhood with additional cars trying to find parking in the neighborhood. Parking removal will force cars into the neighborhood to look for parking. Many of these side streets are narrow and not designed to accommodate more vehicular traffic. This will create a dangerous and stressful environment for bicyclist, pedestrians and the neighborhood residents.

We have invested heavily in our neighborhood to make it the very popular dining and entertainment destination it has become. Our businesses have attracted a loyal clientele and customer base that come from all over the metro area and beyond. Our district competes with others in the city that have better transportation infrastructure. The removal of substantial amounts of parking puts our area at a competitive disadvantage and it will make our daily business operations more difficult by forcing delivery and tradesman vehicles onto overcrowded neighborhood side streets.

We support a shared bikeway on 28th avenue, with an enhanced greenway for bicyclist on 30th Ave., lowering the speed limit on 28th Ave. and installing crosswalks and traffic calming devices along this route to make a safer route for bicyclists and pedestrians.

We look forward to further neighborhood enhancements including a bikeway that will complement the district without imposing undue hardships on business vitality and neighborhood livability. In this context we support the bikeway that does not remove any parking on 28th Avenue between Sandy and Stark.

Thank you,
Concerned business owners along NE 28th Ave opposed to parking removal along 28th between Sandy and Stark street

And here are the 60 businesses that signed onto the letter:

  • Artemisia (110 SE 28th)
  • B.C. Body & Paint (2712 E Burnside)
  • Blue Goose (2725 SE Ankeny)
  • Bridgetown Aikido (336 NE 28th)
  • BRM (216 & 218 SE 28th)
  • Captured by Porches (113 SE 28th) (The owners of this business did not sign the petition; someone saying he’s the owner of the Captured Beer Bus, an independently owned business at this site, says he is removing his name from the petition)
  • Cardinal Club (18 NE 28th)
  • Cheese & Cracker (22 SE 28th)
  • Circle Health Clinic (316 NE 28th)
  • City State Diner (128 NE 28th)
  • Coalition Brewing (2724 SE Ankeny)
  • Cream (2730 E Burnside)
  • Crema (2728 SE Ankeny)
  • Crossfit Stumptown (535 NE 28th)
  • Dove Vivi (2727 NE Glisan)
  • Fonda Rosa (108 NE 28th)
  • George Rogers (1 SE 28th)
  • Glisan Quick Wash (500 NE 28th)
  • Grilled Cheese Grill (113 SE 28th Ave)
  • Holiday Hair Studio (2802 SE Ankeny)
  • Holman’s (15 SE 28th)
  • Innerweave Massage (812 NE 28th)
  • Interweave (812 NE 28th)
  • Inversal AM Can LTD (5 SE 28th., Suite 1)
  • Katie O’Brien’s (2809 NE Sandy)
  • Kuhnhausen’s Furniture (2640 E Burnside)
  • La Buca (40 NE 28th)
  • Laurelhurst Theater (2735 E Burnside)
  • Marina Kafe (814 NE 28th)
  • Meadowlark Preschool (616 NE 28th)
  • Migration Brewing (2828 NE Glisan)
  • Naui Waddoups Counseling (2705 E Burnside)
  • OPAL 28 (510 NE 28th)
  • OPI (2705 E Burnside)
  • Organic Partners (2705 E Burnside, Ste 210)
  • PaaDee (6 SE 28th)* (UPDATE: PaaDee owner Earl Ninsom says he signed the petition in mistake and didn’t read it carefully. He has requested to be taken off the list — Jonathan)
  • Pizzicato Pizza (2811 E Burnside)
  • Polliwog (234 NE 28th)
  • Pre1 Software (2705 E Burnside)
  • Paul Leverton Design (3210 SE Ankeny)
  • Red Flag (344 NE 28th)
  • Richard Leipzig CPA (2705 E Burnside)
  • Ruby’s Daycare for Dogs (601 NE 28th)
  • Side Street Gallery (140 SE 28th)
  • Smut (7 SE 28th)
  • Spring Pilates Studio (12 SE 28th)
  • Staccato Gelato (232 NE 28th)
  • Stammtisch (401 NE 28th)
  • Starbucks (2803 E Burnside) (Signed by a franchise owner, not corporate hq)
  • Steak Frites PDX (113 SE 28th)
  • Tabla (200 NE 28th)
  • Tapalaya (28 NE 28th)
  • Therapydia Portland (2808 E Burnside)
  • Vino (137 SE 28th)
  • Vintage Vendors (2800 NE Sandy)
  • Wanderlust (2804 SE Ankeny)
  • WK (2810 NE Everett)
  • Wooptido (24 NE 28th)
  • Youth Guidance (2730 NE Flanders)
  • Zim Zim (144 NE 28th)

61 businesses is quite a show of force. Seeing all of them in a list and viewing them on a map illustrates the stranglehold that parking has over transportation planning in Portland right now.

As for this specific project, the discussion isn’t over. The Stakeholder Advisory Committee hasn’t endorsed PBOT’s latest recommendation and it’s not yet been made final. Also, we look forward to sharing more perspectives on this issue directly from 28th Avenue business owners. Some who consider themselves bike-friendly are also on this list and they’d like an opportunity to further explain their position. Stay tuned.

— Read more of our 20s Bikeway Project coverage here.

CORRECTION: This post originally included Wolf & Bear’s on the list of businesses that had signed the petition. We have since heard from the owner that they didn’t sign anything and were completely unaware of the petition. Upon further investigation we realized an employee had signed it for them without their permission (they’re the only business not represented by an owner). Therefore, we’ve removed their name from the list. The owner, Jeremy Garb, says, “We would love to have a bike lane on 28th. Why on earth would we be against that?”

UPDATE: Paadee owner Earn Ninsom claims he signed the petition by mistake. Here’s his message:

“I have been approached by Laurelhurst theater’s owner twice on my busy time, they informed that 30th would be a better and safer street to add bike lane instead of 28th which i did agree and then signed the paper. I do apologize if my mistaken had upset Portland bikers. I will write a letter/call the city again tomorrow to take us off this list.”

UPDATE: Someone introducing himself as Brian, owner of the Captured Beer Bus, writes in a comment on a different post that he is taking his business’ name off the petition.

NOTE: At BikePortland, we love your comments. We love them so much that we devote many hours every week to read them and make sure they are productive, inclusive, and supportive. That doesn't mean you can't disagree with someone. It means you must do it with tact and respect. If you see an inconsiderate or inappropriate comment, please contact us and we'll take a look at it right away. Thank you — Jonathan and Michael

  • Vanessa renwick April 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Happy to not see Beulahland on that list. Sad to see Wolf and Bear* and the 60 other businesses that signed the letter. They are all shooting themselves in the foot and have no vision for a better Portland to come.

    **PLEASE NOTE: Wolf & Bear owners did not sign the petition. An employee did so without their permission and they’ve requested to be removed from the list. We regret any confusion. — Jonathan**

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    • Todd Hudson April 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Came here to say the same thing about Beulahland!

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    • Vanessa renwick April 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      I just wrote to Wolf and Bear to ask them why they signed the letter. They responded with:
      We never signed anything of the sort and honestly know nothing about that petition. Very lame someone would put us on that list.

      Honestly haven’t heard a thing about this. Do you know how to get in touch with the folks responsible for this?

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      • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

        do you have an email?

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      • Adron April 28, 2014 at 4:38 pm

        That sounds really bad. We need to out whoever setup this bullshit if they’re just arbitrarily putting companies names on the list!!!

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      • Adron April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

        That sounds really bad. We need to out whoever setup this up if they’re just arbitrarily putting companies names on the list!!!

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      • peejay April 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        This is really troubling, and if business names are being used without permission, this is a form of fraud. It would be really important to know who initiated the letter, who actually signed on, and whose name was used without permission.

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      • Gregg April 28, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        Jonathan- I’d love to hear a follow up. Maybe whoever sent this letter to the city fabricated the signatures on some of the businesses?
        Is there a ScAnDaL???

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      • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 7:40 pm

        i spoke to someone at wold and bears on 28th and they did not know the position of the owners. i’m going to contact the owners. the last think i want to do is boycott someone who did not actually sign the petition.

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      • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) April 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        I figured out what happened. An employee signed for Wolf & Bears. They’re the only business listed with an employees signature, not an owner.

        I’ve edited the map and the story and offered a correction at the bottom of the post.

        And I’m in touch with the owners of Wolf & Bears. They support a bike lane.

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        • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 10:09 pm

          as a long time customer this makes me very happy.

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    • Bjorn April 28, 2014 at 8:42 pm

      Whoever runs Wolf and Bear’s facebook page just told me that they didn’t sign anything and that they are very frustrated by the negative press they are getting as a result of their name being associated with the petition, I wonder how many of the businesses didn’t really sign it?

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    • Todd Boulanger April 29, 2014 at 11:58 am

      Update – Wold and Bear owner did not sign petition BP reports.

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  • John April 28, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I see that Pambiche isn’t on this list. I know where I’m having dinner tonight.

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    • Adron April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Bring your helmet, you’ll get a discount too! :) Pambiche ROCKS!

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    • Chris Anderson April 28, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Mmm, Navarre for me please.

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  • Bruce April 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    Thanks for posting the list, Jonathan.

    ||”Many of these side streets are narrow and not designed to accommodate more vehicular traffic.”

    Bikes are vehicles, too. Given the three options (car lanes, bike lane, car parking), why wouldn’t they shove the one that isn’t directly used for transportation (the parking) onto the side street?

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    • Steven Hanlow April 28, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      That’s brilliant. To really get the point across, PBOParking could turn the auto lanes into center parking lanes on 28th to double capacity! Now, for those pesky, greedy pedestrians with their sidewalk space.

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      • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 9:59 am

        You’re assertion needs to be explained. Center parking on 28th? pboparkng? is this snark or confusion?

        Any side street that is at least 36 feet wide could be repurposed to have one side as angle parking if made into a one-way street. Angle parking on one side could add up to 25% more parking on that side, but is limited by driveways. The extra space on Hoyt, Buxton, Irving, Ankeny, Couch (if trucks can be figured out), Pacific/27th could all be repurposed this way. It would not replace all lost parking, but could mitigate up to half of it.

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  • BIKELEPTIC April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks for supplying a list of businesses I will no longer be visiting. It’s hilarious that all the food carts were in opposition of it when their biz relies a lot on bikes & peds. Making it an unfriendly street to that kind of traffic is not really good for them!

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    • Spiffy April 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      I had the same thought about the carts… I didn’t expect them to be in the list…

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    • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      One also has to ask if food carts really count for much as a neighborhood stakeholder to begin with.

      I’m not saying that they shouldn’t have any voice, but there is often a large turn over rate, and in many cases they’re brought into empty lots until a more profitable use for the property owners presents itself.

      Should their opinion even be considered at all? If they really don’t like what happens. They are the easiest of all “stakeholders” to uproot and find spot more to their liking as well. Just an hour or two (depending on traffic) with 1/2 truck with a trailer hitch and problem solved.

      I’m just wondering exactly how much stock you put into a carts opinion of long term planning for a neighborhood. Should they carry as much weight as the brick and mortar businesses and residents of the neighborhood who have much more at stake?

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      • davemess April 29, 2014 at 7:16 am

        Yes, now the pod owners is a different story. Our neighborhood has had a very positive opinion and experience with Cartlandia. There is an owner who cares about his surroundings and really wants to improve the neighborhood.

        Yes, I think the vast majority of carts would uproot in a heartbeat if they could find a better lot/pod.

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  • Nick Falbo April 28, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    It may not look like it, but this is a great opportunity.

    These 61 businesses have come together to think and discuss the future of their street. They’re willing to look at alternatives, weight the pros and cons, and consider changes to the street that they call home. It just so happens that they didn’t like what they saw in the buffered bike lane proposal, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to consider an alternative street design.

    If these businesses can pressure PBOT away from bike lanes, they can also pressure PBOT toward something else. Is it possible they would be willing to consider Jonathan’s pitch for a slow shared street from last week?

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    • Nick April 28, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      I agree. The wording in the letter expressed a thoughtful approach towards their perception of 28th, albeit one many of us disagree with. Keeping an open and honest dialogue is more mutually beneficial than emotionally-charged boycotts that shutter-up otherwise good businesses.

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      • 9watts April 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm

        “The wording in the letter expressed a thoughtful approach towards their perception of 28th”

        Not sure what you meant by that, but I thought it was pretty heavy on the buzzwords. I feel the third paragraph is where they show their true colors: Concern for “safety, vitality, and livability of our neighborhood” is difficult for me to square with their Cars Über Alles position. The authors’ view of the world seems to pivot around one concept: PARKING CARS, which they admit “will create a dangerous and stressful environment for bicyclist, pedestrians and the neighborhood residents.” But apparently *only* if parking on 28th is removed?!

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        • Nick April 29, 2014 at 9:05 am

          Amazing how much changes in one day. This is sounding less like a collective thoughtful approach and more like a “please quickly sign this petition” signature grab.

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

      a neutral position would have been understandable for someone who truly prefers the 30th and traffic calming option. imo, signing a petition to pbot in opposition of a bike lane is anti-bike regardless of and tepid statements of support for crosswalks and traffic calming

      would you feel the same way if “stakeholders” had convinced pbot to drop williams improvements while offering support for crosswalks and rodney as evidence of their pro-bike position?

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  • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Jonathan just saved me a trip to 1120 SW 5th to put in a public records request.

    I’m glad that Bamboo Sushi and whole paycheck are not on the list.
    I’m surprised to see Wolf and Bears on the list. Oh well…Gonzo is getting my business from now on.

    Please join me in boycotting each and every one of these 61 businesses!

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    • BIKELEPTIC April 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      whole paycheck has a whole parking lot.

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      • Reza April 28, 2014 at 8:26 pm

        That didn’t stop Holman’s from opposing the removal of on-street parking.

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    • nuovorecord April 28, 2014 at 5:19 pm

      “Please join me in boycotting each and every one of these 61 businesses!’

      As others have said, that doesn’t seem like a very effective strategy. Why not work with them to help find a mutually agreeable solution. How about offering to conduct a survey of patrons on how they got to 28th? Is there any mode choice information at all informing this discussion?

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    • Chris Shaffer April 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      See above. Wolf and Bear were apparently put on the list without their knowledge or permission.

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      • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

        see my comment above. i’m not going to boycott anyone i’m not sure signed the petition.

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    • Bjorn April 28, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Whoever runs wolf and bears facebook page just messaged me back that they did not sign the petition and that they are very frustrated that their name is being associated with it. I wonder how many of these businesses really signed. Holman’s likely did sign as they have been vocal opponents of safety improvements along 28th but some of the others may have had their names used without permission.

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      • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) April 28, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        I think I figured it out. An employee signed for Wolf & Bears. They’re the only business listed with an employees signature, not an owner.

        I’ve edited the map and the story and offered a correction at the bottom of the post.

        And I’m in touch with the owners of Wolf & Bears. They support a bike lane.

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  • Scott H April 28, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    Alright then, keep your parking spots. Lower the speed limit to 10 mph.

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    • Adron April 28, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      +1 yes please. Also police the hell out of it. If we could get a diverter mid-street I’d be even MORE ok with dropping the speed limit and no bike-way/lane.

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    • q`Tzal April 29, 2014 at 12:09 am

      Ride up and down 28th slowly and outside the door zone as required by law.
      Rinse and repeat until desired result is achieved.

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  • Reza April 28, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    I find it humorous that businesses on Glisan signed this (like Dove Vivi and Migration), when THEY HAVE A BIKE LANE in front of their property!

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    • davemess April 28, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      And use their parking lot as outdoor seating……

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  • DUI April 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Interesting to see all of the businesses that serve alcohol also seem to prefer that their customers drive.

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    • Adron April 28, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Maybe if the police setup some DUI strings they might start changing their minds. Let a few lawsuits fly and they’ll drop their insistence on parking in a heart beat.

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    • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Well, not to burst your bubble (hick up), but an estimated 40% of bicycle fatalities the bicycle rider has been drinking.

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      • Psyfalcon April 28, 2014 at 5:11 pm

        But most of those aren’t killing another person with them.

        A bus or taxi would be preferable to a drunk cyclist killing themselves, but both options are better than taking other people out with them.

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      • q`Tzal April 29, 2014 at 12:16 am

        Where are these “drunk cyclist fatalities” statistics?

        I’ve always made the unfounded assumption that a person who drank enough to crash their bicycle isn’t going to have got far from the point of inebriation nor be riding long enough to get the inertia to guarantee killing themselves.

        Of course I’m thinking of sloppy silly drunk not argry confrontational drunk who was going to get beat up anyways.

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        • I don’t have time to dig through myself at the moment, but you can find this information (and more) in the national Fatal Accident Reporting System, and see if the claim is correct.

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        • gutterbunny April 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

          It’s one of the stats that is from one or more of the helmet effectiveness studies. My 40% was a rough estimate from different studies where it the numbers ran from 1/3 (or 33%) to more than half (50%).

          Here’s the link to the overview of the studies that included alcohol. http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1262.html

          And to be fair alcohol and drug use are kind of lumped together with the stats. But regardless, it’s a pretty sobering (pun intended) little factoid for you.

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  • Reza April 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    I’m really disappointed about some of the businesses on this list (Laurelhurst, Migration, Dove Vivi, City State). I do like that Ken’s Pizza didn’t sign it.

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    • Dan Morrison April 29, 2014 at 12:54 pm

      Migration is garbage.

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  • GlowBoy April 28, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Yep, lower the speed limit to parking-lot speeds. Because that’s what they’re saying 28th Avenue basically is.

    I’m disappointed but not surprised so many storefront businesses are on the list. What both disappoints and surprises me is to see food carts on the list too.

    Time for a letter to the Laurelhurst theater, reminding them that (a) in the last 10 years I’ve arrived at their business more often by bike than by car, and (b) getting there from Brooklyn by bike is fairly sucky due to the lack of a good N-S route in the twenties. Having to jog 2 blocks out of my way to 30th isn’t the end of the world, but it certainly is a substantial inconvenience when I’d then have to get back across car-dominated 28th to reach the Laurelhurst. Why not make cars go 2 blocks out of their way to park?

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  • Bruce April 28, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Sad to see so many of my favorite places on this list. Especially Tapalaya, who has all-night happy hour for bikers one night a week. And food carts, where so much of their business comes from bike commuters.

    As someone who frequents the area, I’m starting a list of shops & restaurants who’s names I *don’t* see on this list.

    *Alma Chocolate
    *Bamboo Sushi
    *Chopsticks Express II
    *Edible Arrangements
    *Hollywood Vintage
    *I’ve Been Framed
    *K & T Market & DEli
    *Ken’s Artisan Pizza
    *Philo House Thrift Shop
    *Plaid Pantry
    *Rx Missionary Chocolates
    *Whole Foods

    I still won’t shop at plaid pantry, but I’m going to start frequenting the other establishments a lot more. The petition businesses, on the other hand, can go park off.

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    • Spiffy April 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      what’s wrong with Plaid? they’ve been adding a lot of bike amenities lately…

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      • Bruce April 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        To be honest, I know next to nothing about them, I just tend to avoid chains, and K&T across the street is always super friendly. Didn’t know how bike-friendly Plaid is, or anything about their opposition to the CRC. I’ll read up on it…thanks spiffy & bjorn!

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        • Erin April 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          Plaid is locally owned. Please support them over 7-11 and other chains!

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    • Bjorn April 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      not sure why anyone would be avoiding plaid, they are great and they were huge in helping to head off the CRC.

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    • Jude April 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Hey Bruce! Add Urban Nest Realty to the list! They are on 28th & Everett. A really cool neighborhood real estate shop. Now I know where I will go when i’m ready to buy a house!

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  • Cory Poole April 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I have already called two of the businesses that I frequent on that list to tell them how sad I am that they did not side with bikes on this one. I tell them how much I would like for my six year old to ride the whole way to get ice cream or a hot chocolate but the last bit is just to scary for a kid.
    Don’t ignore these business let them know who you are and that you come by bike.

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  • lyle w. April 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    I wonder how many of these business owners who are opposing this are not from Portland, and moved here within the last decade, knowing full-well the reputation this city has for being a cycling-hub, and knowing that the basic cultural core was developed due to cycling being so valued here. Especially inner-SE, apart from every other neighborhood in the entire metro area.

    All I gotta say is, it must be nice. Enjoy all that business you’re making off this city.

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    • i ride my bike April 28, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Its the long time businesses with old owners that are most anti-bike.

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  • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    List of some nearby alternatives:

    Instead of Captured by Porches, Migration and Coalition try Basecamp, Fire on the Mountain, Beulahland or Laurelthirst.
    Instead of Wolf and Bears try Gonzo.
    Instead of Crema and Starbucks try Oblique.
    Instead of Tabla, Pizzicato, or Dove Vivi try Nostrana or Baby Doll Pizza.
    Instead of Paa dee try Chiang Mai or Pok pok.
    Instead of Vino try Portland Wine Merchants.
    Instead of Tapalaya try Pambiche.
    Instead of La Buca try Canteen.
    Instead of Steak Frites, Grilled Cheese Grill, and Cheese and Cracker try Potato Champion, Pyro Pizza, or Whiffies.

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      please remove wolf and bears from my list. they did not support the petition.

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    • Dan Morrison April 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      East Glisan Pizza Lounge is solid too!

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  • Vanessa renwick April 28, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    I just wrote to Wolf and Bear to ask them why they signed the letter. They responded with:
    We never signed anything of the sort and honestly know nothing about that petition. Very lame someone would put us on that list.

    Honestly haven’t heard a thing about this. Do you know how to get in touch with the folks responsible for this?

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    • Spiffy April 28, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      I wonder if the owner of the food cart lot was the one to sign for all their tenants…

      but it’s now very suspect… maybe somebody could go to all those businesses to confirm that they actually did sign it…

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      • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

        According to Portland Maps the property owner of the food cart lots is “Bitar Robert A Company” they/he own quite a bit of property in the area (probably more in other areas too). Of course it’s really hard to track down who’s a part of all those Condo Associations and other LCCs that own most the land in the area.

        A quick Google search and it looks like they’re also LCC’d in Orange County and Honolulu (though in fairness I don’t know, but it’s not that common of a name).

        Also it’s an old Portland name, I’d assume that they/he are related to Bitars that built the Bitar Mansion in Laurelhurst – the most expensive East Portland residential property by far. It’s safe to assume they/he would have some clout in city hall.

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  • Jeremy April 28, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Wolf and bear’s never signed anything like that. Would the authors of this article please contact us ASAP. Thanks. Why would we not want a bike lane on 28th???

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  • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Doesn’t look they are very anti bike at all to me. Infact this petition places the blame of the 28th compromise squarely on the shoulders of PDOT.

    Please note that they aren’t against a shared 28th. They just don’t want to lose the parking spaces.

    And I quote:

    “We support a shared bikeway on 28th avenue, WITH an enhanced greenway for bicyclist on 30th Ave., lowering the speed limit on 28th Ave. and installing crosswalks and traffic calming devices along this route to make a safer route for bicyclists and pedestrians.” (capital with was mine for emphasis.)

    Equal access for bikes, lower speed limits, and traffic calming. It’s all there in black and white. And they want the greenway on 30th too. Greedy little businesses.

    Since the”stakeholders” petition clearly states they support shared access to 28th, it seems to me that it is actually PDOT that is against doing this and not the business interests. So either someone at PDOT didn’t really read the petition, or they’re blowing smoke up all our.

    Bust out the Dutch “cars are guests signs”….Though in English please.

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 4:06 pm

      i don’t see this as pro-bike at all. 28th is already a shared bikeway.

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    • Reza April 28, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Under current City policy, many of those measures are illegal. As long as 28th remains a collector and major emergency access route, true “traffic calming” will not happen.

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      • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        PDOT can easily change the policy, or at the least pressure those that can. This petition would very powerful leverage in making the legal changes a reality. After all 61 shareholders on a low density 8 block commercial is a big block.

        (If 61 businesses actually did sign the document, which seems to be in question at the time.)

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    • gutterbunny April 28, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      It is a shared bike way, though unsanctioned. And if this petition could very well go along way towards changing those “rules” for the street. After all the shareholders have spoken and they want it.

      I still don’t buy the “emergency access route”excuse. Bikes can get out of the way much faster than a car can on narrow streets. Infact, with parking allowed on the street, bikes yielding to the emergency vehicle would make it easier for the responding vehicle to get through, since the cyclists would help prevent the street being blocked by two motor vehicles (one going north, the other heading south) that can’t pull over.

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      • Buzz Aldrin April 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

        placement of sharrows in both directions on this stretch of road would now be the only remaining responsible action by PBOT.

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  • Josh Berezin April 28, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    I like a lot of these businesses! I currently visit them less often than I would like to, since the street is such an unpleasant ride. It’s a missed opportunity for them to attract thousands of people on bicycles (otherwise known as “customers”) to 28th Ave.

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  • Spiffy April 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    The business community’s overriding concern along the 28th Avenue corridor is the safety of our neighbors, visitors and employees, no matter the mode of transport — pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle.


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    • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 10:13 am

      We should start referring to free on-street parking as parking welfare.

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  • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I am going to buy an informational ad in the williamette week. If someone wants to provide art work or help subsidize a longer run please email me at sorenimpey@gmail.com.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      people that love free parking don’t read WW…

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      • spare_wheel April 30, 2014 at 7:50 am

        my message is informational and the ww bike issue is coming up…

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  • Buzz Aldrin April 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Also +1 to Esparza’s for NOT signing the letter.

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 4:33 pm


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      • Buzz Aldrin April 28, 2014 at 4:40 pm

        bummer, didn’t know that.

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      • BIKELEPTIC April 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

        Esparza has been “re-working” all winter. Just re-posted their liquor license this week. But there’s been paper on their windows for weeks.

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    • Ian April 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      It wouldn’t make much sense for them anyway, as they’ve closed.

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  • Nathan April 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    If sixty-one businesses blocked this for parking, why is there no private parking structure nearby for these drivers to put their cars while lightening their wallets?

    With all of these conversations about increasing density and with massive influx of people to the city, this must be on business owners’ and city planners’ radars.

    Is it zoning?

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    • Chris I April 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Because the city is giving away parking for free…

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      • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

        Exactly. free parking skews the market, making for no private investment because they cannot compete with free.

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  • peejay April 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Bikeleptic, it’s kind of ironic that we had a beer just yesterday at Captured by Porches. I really hope they didn’t actually sign the letter, but we’re put on the list unknowingly. I’m actually hoping this is true of the majority of this list, and that whoever is responsible is held accountable, AND that in light of this fraud, PBOT reconsiders their utter capitulation. Not holding my breath, though.

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  • none April 28, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I see several of my favorite places on this list, and I have NEVER driven to visit any of them- not once.

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    • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I heard of something once when a base was proposed for closure. The base started making change in $2 bills. Soon, everyone in the surrounding area kept seeing $2 bills and the impact of the base on the local economy. Cyclists could do the same with bills or dollar coins. ‘Change for change”.

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      • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 3:44 pm

        so we should all go to Casa Diablo to get change before hitting 28th? I’m all for it…

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      • James Sherbondy April 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

        Just make a “name bubble” stamp saying “this money delivered by bike”.

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  • BIKELEPTIC April 28, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Maybe an alternative would be to make this entire area a Zone G type thing. I work just about 10 or 15 blocks down in a very much not shopping area and the whole section been’s blocked out as Zone G. Highly annoying for my co-workers who go out and take a break every couple of hours to go find a new parking spot because they’re too cheap to actually go down and buy a parking pass. (Zone G limits you to 2 hrs Mon – Fri during biz hrs until 6pm.) I don’t know if they already have that, as I don’t drive, but it would a) bring in revenue for the city, as the people that live there would pretty much be forced to get a residential permit, and then tickets for other people that are hanging out all day. I used to live off of 28th & Burnside. It’s a nightmare. And with that nightmare building coming in on 26th (even with the parking garage included for tenants) it’s only going to get worse.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 3:43 pm

      parking here isn’t usually a problem except for the weekend busy times… those don’t seem to be covered by Zone G…

      also, it’s only 1 hour parking right now, I don’t want to expand that to 2 hours for non-permits and forever for permits…

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  • John Liu
    John Liu April 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    It seems that cyclists and businesses alike would like to see 28th turned into a “shared street” with low speed limits, bike signage, and traffic calming.

    Is such a street really incompatible with use by emergency vehicles? I don’t mean with existing city regulations, but in reality.

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

      pbot made it clear that there is no funding for enhancing both 30th and 28th. and it looks like some business “stakeholders” made that decision for us…

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      • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 10:19 am

        Paint and thermoplastic cost the same no matter which street it is put on. If you’re not putting buffered lanes on 28th, you can certainly put sharrows on 30th.

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  • davemess April 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    “As business and property owners we are concerned with the safety, vitality, and livability of our neighborhood. The proposal to remove parking along one side of 28th Ave. is only going to add to the stress of the neighborhood with additional cars trying to find parking in the neighborhood.”

    Anyone else find this a completely contradictory statement? How can you write that with a straight face?

    I’m actually really curious how many of these businesses are actually property owners?

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    • Adron April 30, 2014 at 11:11 am

      I was curious about that statement too. It just screams ridiculousness.

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  • Lidwien Rahman April 28, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    SE 28th is my main route for riding north-south from my house. I ride to work, friends, restaurants, shops, medical appointments etc. year around. I also frequent Laurelhurst theater, Crema, and the shops and restaurants on SE 28th, by bike of course. Living one street off SE Belmont, on a small lot with no driveway or garage, we experience overflow parking from nearby businesses and apartments daily. I have no trouble whatsoever navigating the section of SE 28th between Sandy and Stark under the current arrangement, and I feel with some added traffic calming it will only get better. If I wanted to ride on a quieter street at certain hours, SE 30th is not far. I am looking forward to better signage and wayfinding of the 20s bikeways all along the route, since I tend to get lost south of Division and have trouble remembering where I can cross Powell safely. So please don’t assume that all bicyclists oppose the city’s proposed plan.

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  • John Lascurettes April 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Okay, fine, the parking is valuable. When exactly do the parking meters go in?

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    • paikikala April 29, 2014 at 10:20 am

      “Portland taxpayers subsidizing businesses in the millions each year” – a headline we’ll never see.

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    • Adron April 30, 2014 at 11:12 am

      LOLz. Forealz!!! Where are the parking meters, let’s roll those suckers in ASAP!

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  • TonyJ April 28, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    OLCC establishments on this list which serve on premises should be criticized by the community at large for promoting, tacitly, drinking and driving.

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  • i ride my bike April 28, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    If you are unhappy about this then be sure to write a letter of support to PBOT in favor of Street Seats by April 30th. Theres plenty of people who cant stand the thought of losing 15 parking spaces citywide to outdoor seating space and are making their voices heard that free on street parking is a sacred birthright. Lets not let there be a similar outcome because no one spoke up in favor of Street Seats. Among the Street Seats most endanger of being killed are the true public space ones like at PSU food carts and one on NW 23rd that is part for Lompoc and part public seating.

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  • Mike April 28, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    My stomach is glad to see that Pambiche and Bamboo are not on the list!

    My brain, however, is still waiting for the FINAL decision on the multimodal fate of 28th.

    Is there any way the cycling masses of BP can get our OWN petition together (with way more than 61 signatures) in time to sway the SAC’s decision??

    Perhaps attach a copy of the Portland Plan for 2030 for good measure?

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    • Joe Rowe April 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      Eat at Navare Restaurant! The staff are awesome, the food is even better. Boycott the bland TapaLamea Restaurant who has signed this letter.

      Most of the businesses who have signed the letter will not be open in 5 years.

      I bike 28th all the time with my kid and cargo bike. I will be making some very short stops to say thanks to those businesses who did not sign.

      I’m going to be asking those who sign this letter to offer a solution that is more safe.

      There is no safe alternative to 28th.

      Here is my route
      a) Quiet side streets in SE
      b) Cross I-84 using a death risking ride on 28th Stark Broadway
      c) Quiet side streets in NE

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  • Ethan April 28, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    No huge fan of Starbucks (coffee) but amazed that corporate would allow them to sign, so many of their locations have ZERO parking and they do quite well. They should know better.

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    • Reza April 29, 2014 at 9:12 am

      As they are the only major chain on this list, I think that the franchise owner may have signed this without corporate’s permission. I agree, this seems like an odd inclusion.

      Maybe Jonathan can approach Starbucks HQ for comment?

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  • Kyle April 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    I live in this neighbourhood and I’d be willing to sign a pro-bike/pro-pedestrian petition to counter the businesses. It’s a shame to me that so many places I *walk* to on a regular basis are on this list! If people who drive to local spots around the inner-city are finding it difficult to navigate and park their cars, I think some adaptation is in order.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 3:06 pm

      I stopped driving to places like NW 23rd and Hawthorne but I still do business there frequently…

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  • Justin April 28, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Sad to see Grilled Cheese Grill on the list. Won’t be going there anymore.

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  • Christopher Sanderson April 28, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I will send a letter myself, expressing my disappointment. I thought the information session at Central Catholic was so positive, and I enjoyed meeting the folks from PBOT. They indeed listened to my concerns, but it seems that my voice is not as influential as the businesses on this list. I will keep fighting the good fight, and pedaling my large and SLOW rig down 28th.

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  • Pat Franz April 28, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Let’s rewrite this letter into plain English:

    The purpose of this letter is to communicate our primary interests in regards to the free parking WE ABSOLUTELY MUST KEEP GETTING. We are craven enough that we will do or say anything to keep it. We are addicted to it, and can’t see any way out.

    As business and property owners we are concerned with the safety and vitality of our FREE PARKING. WE WILL KEEP STAMPING OUR FEET AND HOWLING BECAUSE WE WANT WHAT WE KNOW. WE DO NOT WANT CHANGE, WE WANT FREE PARKING!!!

    We look forward to further neighborhood enhancements that will be profitable for us. Stick the bikes somewhere else, we want customers with cars, and they want to park right out front, so DON’T DARE TOUCH OUR FREE PARKING.

    See, doesn’t it read better now? At least the message is clear.

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    • 9watts April 28, 2014 at 9:31 pm


      Hornswoggled into worshiping car parking above anything and everything else, the lot of ’em.

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  • Terry D April 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I was most concerned with Bamboo…..I am going to have to make it a point to take out my hubby there soon and tell them why. Laurelhurst Theater should know better so Axe them for the time being until this whole bikeway plays out (I will not be hard ball about it, but no beer or pizza)… We like the Academy Theater and Montavilla is much more relaxed anyway. Since I am mid-way between the two, I will go where I am most welcome.

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  • Jeremy Garb April 28, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Wolf and Bear’s never signed that letter. I dont know how our name got on that list but its a mistake and i bet you a bunch of businesses on that list didnt sign it either.

    -Jeremy, Owner of Wolf and Bear’s

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    • Rebecca April 28, 2014 at 9:42 pm

      Sorry to hear about the mix-up, Wolf and Bear’s. I hope that despite the unfortunate confusion you can see that your business is important to many people on this forum…people who will be stopping by for an Olea wrap soon :)

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    • spare_wheel April 28, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      as a long-time customer (since you opened on 20th and morrison) i’m very relieved that you did not support the petition. coming by for a sabich soon…

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      • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        oh that’s the cart that used to be there?! I was sad when they left, but I never actually knew their name…

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  • TonyT
    TonyT April 28, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Take the lane.

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    • Josh Berezin April 29, 2014 at 9:37 am

      Not a solution, obviously, right? I mean, tell that to a 9-year-old or a 75-year-old.

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      • Suburban April 29, 2014 at 11:19 am

        Yes, they will have to take the lane too.
        The street is perfect as it is, the only barriers are in the minds of the riders who hug the door zone.

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        • Bruce April 29, 2014 at 11:21 am

          It’s not perfect if “interested but concerned” riders don’t feel safe taking the lane.

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          • Suburban April 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm

            You identified the barrier precisely; a feeling.
            “Interested but concerned” will be so no matter what the engineering. Any such perception of safety can not ever be provided by infrastructure. To grant it such power is to abdicate (to others) the existing rights and resposibilities 8-80 year olds share with every vehicle user on the roadway. It is by mode of USE a bike friendly street is made, not mode of treatment. We don’t need to change any of the exterior world to ride safely with families on our city streets.

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            • Chris Anderson April 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm

              If only the people in cars wouldn’t feel threatened by the idea of going 10mph, and gave adequate following distance. You are right, with the right driver attitude and speed there’s no reason every street shouldn’t be kid safe.

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          • gutterbunny April 29, 2014 at 10:05 pm

            Interested and Concerned might as well be “I gotta get home in time to watch the Bachelor” They’re the same people that keep gyms in the black, they sign the contract and never show up after two weeks. Kind of like those people that say they’re really busy, but then go on to summarize three hours of TV programing the night before.

            At best the term is people (since it is sooo huge of a percentage) are people that are just plain apathetic to the whole thing.

            They will only start riding bikes “for real” when it becomes clear that riding a bike is just as fast and convenient than driving a car. Very few will show up just because you create a shoulder on the road (which if you’re honest is all a bike lane is- a slightly more maintained shoulder).

            Nothing will show them riding a bike is often as convenient and fast as a car as putting bikes in front of them on the road – which of course slows automobile use to move at the speed of bicycles. But they won’t get it as long as they can pass you on your shoulder as they hurry home to check the TV guide.

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        • Chris I April 29, 2014 at 2:01 pm

          It is perfect? And what percentage of the total traffic is composed of cyclists, currently? 3%? This is perfect? This is your ideal situation?

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  • Russ Roca April 28, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    So bummed about this. Writing letters to businesses that we USE to frequent that signed on to this letter.

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  • SD April 28, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    Whenever I drive to 28th to eat dinner, see a movie etc. I never expect to park on 28th. I expect to park within 5-6 blocks of my destination and walk, much like other commercial streets in Portland. Hawethorne, NW 21st, Alberta… and so many others.

    I also expect that if I want to eat outside on 28th in the summer I will get to choke on the exhaust fumes of cars parking and driving by and have to speak over traffic. For this reason, I mostly go to other places to hang out, outside in the summer. Thes businesses on 28th would be much more of a destination if they took control of the road and made it a more enjoyable place for people to be.

    These businesses have benefited from the neighborhoods surrounding them and now they are turning their backs when there is a chance to significantly improve safety and calm traffic on a road that should not be as hectic as it is. Staccato Gelato, how many kids from DaVinci patronize your store? How many of these businesses have capitalized off of the progressive Portland ideals of their patrons? Cardinal club, Laurelhurst, Captured by Porches? Migration? Coalition? Do you want your patrons to drive their cars after drinking a couple of your pints? Are you just in business to profit off of a superficial hipster image that you use in your advertising? Or do you have an interest in building community?

    What stands out on this list are the businesses that did not sign. These businesses are continuing to build the Portland that is sustainable and healthy and enjoyable. While it has been disturbing to see selfish, knee jerk responses from places that I visit regularly, I am psyched to see some that stick to the community values they profess.

    Cheers! Alma, Navarre, Beulahland, Pambiche, Ken’s, Bamboo.

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    • davemess April 29, 2014 at 7:25 am

      Very well said!

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  • Bjorn April 28, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    So is Innerweave Massage (812 NE 28th) actually different from Interweave (812 NE 28th) or is this one owner signing it twice?

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  • Scott Kocher April 28, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    What about Yelp?

    Factual (not hot-headed) reviews to educate patrons of these businesses (non-signers and signers) may be in order.

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  • Cory Poole April 28, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    So PBOT was swayed by a letter with 61 signatures on it. what if the bike community countered with a letter signed by 6100 portlanders?

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    • Bruce April 29, 2014 at 8:26 am

      Homeowner one block from 28th. Would sign.

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  • Eric April 29, 2014 at 12:03 am

    I’m more interested in measuring how many businesses did _not_ sign this petition. Given the swath up to 32nd that implies a 4 block width, so we’re talking all businesses from 24th to 32nd, Stark to Sandy weighing in on this. That leaves a _ton_ of businesses not accounted for, let alone local residents.

    Overall there’s a more interesting petition to be proposed. They’re talking about removing half the parking on 28th, so it’s fair to ask if removal of half the frontage of a business owner’s property for dedicated car parking is worth the trade-off of this project. And what if a building has multiple businesses, then we’re talking about fractions of that frontage. So perhaps a store has a 30ft frontage, a business above it, we’re talking about a fraction of a parking space, and then you say well only half the street is loosing space now we’re talking about a fraction of a fraction.

    Put simply “would you argue against a reduction of 1/4 of a parking space in front of your business” is going to be hard to get behind and I think that’s reasonable to ask these same businesses.

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    • Bjorn April 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

      Katie Obriens is North of Sandy so really the range of blocks goes out to NE Sullivan.

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  • Earl April 29, 2014 at 12:46 am


    It’s Earl from PaaDee here. We have nothing against bike lane, and did inquire the city to put bike racks in front of the building when we first moved in. I have been approached by Laurelhurst theater’s owner on my busy time, they informed that 30th would be a better and safer street to add bike lane than 28th which i did agree and then signed the paper without having time to read any details about it.

    I do apologize that my mistaken had upset the community and bikers. I will write a letter/call the city again to take us off this list.


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    • spare_wheel April 29, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Thanks you for your clarification, Earl. Looking forward to some chive cakes with sour soy soon.

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      • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 2:42 pm

        smart business owners don’t sign things without reading them…

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  • Chainwhipped April 29, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Kind of depressing. This was my neighborhood for a long time and this stretch of 28th was my ride to work most mornings. I could never understand why there was no bike lane on such a busy street. I used to get passed by a** holes at double the speed limit only to catch them at the next light. 50mph in a dense business district with SO MUCH foot traffic! City Vehicles, too! But at least I can stick my Volvo in Holman’s empty slot . . .

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    • spare_wheel April 29, 2014 at 7:15 am

      i think i should also take advantage of all that free parking on Fri and Sat nights.

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  • Paul Johnson April 29, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Typical selfish Portland NIMBYism in action. You can practically see the 28th Avenue folks proudly waving the city flag this morning.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      they probably don’t know what the city flag looks like…

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  • mikeybikey April 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Is the letter short-sighted and out of touch? Yes. Is it overtly anti-bike? I don’t know. Many people, myself included, were underwhelmed by the proposed bicycle facilities on NE 28th. Even the recommendation here at BP was for a Rotterdam style shared space. There is nothing in the letter that makes it clear these businesses would oppose such a treatment. It is PBOT that has framed it as an either/or between facilities on 28th vs. adding another link to the Great Bike Network to Nowhere on 30th. So I think to focus anger on the businesses and not squarely on PBOT is equally short-sighted. Maybe the lesson is that the business community and the cycling community should come together and oppose PBOT’s current approach and present an alternative in one unified voice. It may be true that a Rotterdam style facility is not permitted under current law, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen nor does it mean people should just sit back and take it. PBOT was never going to go to bat for cycling facilities through 28th, they made that clear from the beginning when they said they would have to “get creative” about solutions on NE 28th.

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    • dan April 29, 2014 at 10:52 am

      This. I don’t think that there’s a single business owner on that list that is anti-bike. Heck, Laurelhurst has staple racks in front (though they could really use a corral). This isn’t on my daily route so I don’t have much stake in the conversation, but it seems like this is an opportunity for open-minded dialogue, not joining a pitch-fork-toting mob.

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      • Bruce April 29, 2014 at 10:54 am

        Yeah, but they’ve fired the first shot, and now the “open-minded dialog” will need to exist with a safe bike lane already *off* the table. That’s not an open dialog at all. *Looks for pitchfork*

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      • davemess April 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

        Sure there is a difference between being “anti-bike” and “pro-bike”. This letter was clearly not “pro-bike”. I agree they’re not saying don’t ride all, but this letter is a direct result of a proposed bike infrastructure project in front of their businesses. That is not a glowing indication that they support the growth of bikes in this city’s future.

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    • spare_wheel April 29, 2014 at 11:22 am

      so do you also believe that forester’s anti-bike lane stance is pro-bike because he supports “bikes may use full lane signs”?

      i’m not the biggest fan of the ne multnomah cycletrack but if businesses were to lobby pbot for it’s removal i would consider this to be an anti-bike position. if cyclists start actively opposing bike infrastructure they don’t “like” we are going to make no progress.

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    • Alexis April 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Yes, it is. These same businesses (for the most part) made sure early on that a good option never got to the table. I agree with you that PBOT has to take some of the blame (they’re like a Toyota dealership trying to sell Camrys by calling them American’s most often-stolen car), but why do you think they are so reluctant to propose anything? Business opposition. Buffered bike lanes (which would actually make sense, given the street’s designation) got nixed, the shared space got nixed because of the designation, so what got proposed was of course ugly mess that didn’t give anyone what they wanted. And then the businesses used that setup to oppose even that.

      The only question that’s really material is why we waste our time with this mockery of public process…which is is why I resigned from the committee several months ago.

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  • Brian April 29, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Playing devil’s advocate, I don’t like the idea of more cars driving around the neighborhood looking for parking spots (especially Portland drivers). I ride/commute to 28th via Couch/Davis frequently, at times with my 4 year old in tow. I have had quite a few close calls at two way stops in the area. I have never had an issue riding down 28th as I always take the lane. Though I will say that aesthetically, I much prefer a street without car parking.

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  • Joe April 29, 2014 at 8:37 am

    less cars more bikes, better for all! * take the lane *

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  • spare_wheel April 29, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Can someone confirm that the Laurelhurst theater owner was the primary organizer of this petition?

    If so, a focused boycott would make more sense than targeting 58 other businesses.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 2:37 pm

      and since they already own a private parking lot for their customers that just makes their stand that much worse… greedy bastages…

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  • phawk April 29, 2014 at 9:15 am

    a couple interesting things…

    1. 60 businesses, 100 spots. I’ve said this before, but i bet a lot of these business owners think that all 100 of those spots are for their customers, when in reality, it’s just 1 and a half spots that they would be losing, that they don’t own in the first place.

    2. Piling on that point, sounds like they’re just extremely pissed about the condos.

    3. Interesting reaction regarding the Wolf & Bear thing. First of all, the owner may be correct that some of these businesses may not have “really” signed the petition, but instead may have been coerced a little by the Laurelhurst Theater owner, much like the PaaDee guy. Perhaps that’s why his employee signed it.

    Second, sounds like there was some interesting reaction to the news on social media. I wonder if any of the other businesses who actually signed it are feeling the heat as well… i’m going to go see.

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    • Bjorn April 29, 2014 at 9:48 am

      I really don’t understand how any business, especially a bar, can be upset that they are about to get a ton of new customers within walking distance of their establishment.

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      • Oliver April 29, 2014 at 11:09 am


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  • Spencer Boomhower April 29, 2014 at 9:23 am

    A little late to help perhaps, but this story suggests an approach that might have helped here:


    Every city that’s ever considered removing auto parking to make room for a protected bike lane has been, understandably, nervous. North America’s best city for biking wasn’t immune.

    But when it was planning its signature downtown bike project in 2005, Montreal got past those concerns with a very simple tactic. Instead of counting only the change in parking spaces on the boulevard De Maisonneuve itself, a measure that might have led to headlines and perceptions that “half of the parking” was being removed, it counted the total number of auto parking spaces — public and private, on-street and off — within 200 meters of the project.

    The district, it turned out, had 11,000 parking spaces. Converting one of the corridor’s two auto parking lanes to a protected bikeway would remove 300 of them, or just under 3 percent.

    “The effect on the debate was suprise,” said Jean-Francois Pronovost of Vélo Québec, the bike advocacy and planning nonprofit contracted by the city to study the issue. “No one estimated that there was that number of car parking [spaces] available.”

    Even worried business owners were calmed, he said, when they saw the proposed changes in context.

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  • Andrew April 29, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I started compiling a spreadsheet with the contact info for these businesses:


    For many of these businesses, this position makes no sense, e.g. crossfit stumptown, migration brewing, coalition brewing, crema, etc.

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    • phawk April 29, 2014 at 9:54 am

      Migration responded on Facebook by saying:

      I fully support Portland’s bike community. The petition we signed was given to us from some local businesses we support. They said they would like to make sure all options were explored before jumping to using 28th as the bikeway option.

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      • davemess April 29, 2014 at 12:14 pm

        Except this petition did not do that, and promptly killed the project.

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      • Oliver April 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm

        Options to be explored:

        Q: Which street in this neighborhood has a bridge crossing the giant freeway?
        A: 28th

        That settles it. Moving on.

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    • Reza April 29, 2014 at 10:15 am


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      • Andrew April 29, 2014 at 11:02 am

        crossfit stumptown is the name of the crossfit gym on 28th and glissan.

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        • Reza April 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

          Got it thanks!

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    • spare_wheel April 29, 2014 at 11:41 am

      a few more:

      staccato gelato:
      laurelhurst theater:

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    • davemess April 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      WOW, I hadn’t even looked to see if Crema was on there, I just assumed with their bike corral and all that they wouldn’t be. I agree, how can you have a bike corral and still sign this?

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  • Shoemaker April 29, 2014 at 9:50 am

    My guess is that the large number of businesses didn’t have any context in which to consider this letter. It’s really an attempt to preserve the status quo and soft pedal a proposal for 30th, but that’s not obvious without digging deeper. Most people don’t intuitively understand that real economic vitality depends on sustainability, not the other way around. (See West Virginia for the other way around).

    The text of the petition sounds pretty reasonable up front – ” The business community’s overriding concern along the 28th Avenue corridor is the safety of our neighbors, visitors and employees, no matter the mode of transport — pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle.”

    What’s not to like?

    Imagine if the wording was something like:
    “The business community’s overriding concern along the 28th Avenue corridor is the safety of our neighbors, visitors and employees, no matter the mode of transport — pedestrian, bicycle, or vehicle. We support street improvements that will contribute to enhancing the vitality and competitiveness of our district.”

    You could probably get the 100% buy in on that.

    A safe bikeway on 28th is one of the solutions to enhancing the vitality and competitiveness of the district. Only removing parking or a travel lane would meet the criteria expressed as the mission statement of the 20s bikeway project – a safe route for the “Interested but Concerned” rider. I think there is no disagreement that the criteria could be met by removing parking or a travel lane.

    So we know we can meet the criteria, what are we waiting for? Preservation of 100% of the on-street parking is not possible in this scenario. People who see only the parking that is there today can not see the customers coming tomorrow. They’re justifiably angry.

    Why would I say that they are “justifiably” angry? Too often it’s considered an either/or question or a zero-sum game. Professionals who actually study and work on issues of transportation, economic development, urban planning, etc., have only recently been able to understand this. If your business is selling food or entertainment, you might not be devoting much of your free time to understanding the latest developments in these areas.

    The real problem, in my opinion, is that the people who can see the right connections, can see the issues clearly and articulate a reasonable approach are not featured front and center in this conversation. If they are featured at all, it is as “one of many valid opinions.” Running an ice cream shop does not a transportation professional make. Running a movie theater does not and economist make.

    Like the climate change debate, not all opinions are equal and valid. Agreeing to disagree is fine on some levels, but not as an excuse to ignore objective evidence contrary to one’s opinion. If you care to follow the science, the answer is there. Preservation of the status quo is pretty rarely the right answer to anyone’s question.

    The big failure here is that people who understand the connection between sustainable streets and livability and economic vitality are not being presented to the business owners, members of the SAC or members of the public to explain this relatively new (to us), but well proven concept based on decades of experience and data analysis.

    I know the people with the answers are out there. Some of them may be on City staff, or working in the private sector, but they’re not being invited, included or featured. Thus the overall discussion degrades into hearsay and opinion. That will get us nowhere.

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    • davemess April 29, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Good point. The toughest pill to swallow should be the fact that this list appears to have taken priority of pretty much any other factor (including public input, professional’s opinions, etc.) in PBOT’s decision. Should these business owners really be able to wield this kind of persuasive power?

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  • Livellie April 29, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I am surprised to see the number of businesses that opposed this. That stretch of 28th could and should be the main anchor of the 20s bikeway…sort of midway oasis. Instead this sends a message to bike riders to go over to 30th, get off “our” street so cars can park and, oh yeah, don’t bother us. Very unwelcoming.

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  • Christopher Sanderson April 29, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Letter sent to Mr. Newlands…

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  • Bjorn April 29, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Captured by Porches says that they don’t own the beer bus on 28th, and no longer have any involvement with it since they sold it to someone named Brian White. Odd that someone (maybe Brian maybe not?) signed the petition using their brand if they aren’t even involved anymore. The whole thing seems more and more fishy, some of the signatures are clearly legit like holmans, but others are not.

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

      why is Holman’s clearly legit? they only have 3 street-side parking spots and over a dozen in their parking lot… they don’t need the street parking…

      or do you mean because it’s an old-man bar that fills up with drivers? if so, then still no sympathy… the neighborhood is pushing them out…

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      • Bjorn April 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm

        They have been very vocal about not wanting any changes that reduce parking. I didn’t mean that their concerns were legit, only that I fully believe that they did sign the petition, they were probably at least partly behind writing it, whereas it seems like some other places did not.

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  • Ted L April 29, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This is very disappointing. Both the letter AND PBOT’s caving on their proposal. I don’t understand why Rich Newlands and the PBOT folks leading this effort wouldn’t have checked in with area businesses in advance of their whole planning process to gage their level of support or opposition?! Why waste everyone’s time with the planning process and get everyone’s hopes up to simply turnaround and drop it?!

    As angry and frustrated as I am with PBOT over their mishandling of this planning process, our energies need to be directed at the area businesses to build a future vision for 28th that includes space for bikes. Concer over auto parking cannot continue to trump smart streetscapes that work for everyone. We need parking reform in this City that addresses these concerns and provides a revenue stream for neighborhood street improvements.


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    • Brian April 29, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Reminiscent of the failed process to add more off-road riding opportunities in Portland, led by PP & R. Different local government agency, same result. I’m starting to see a pattern.

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      • Granpa April 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

        This whole thread is distressing. Sure off road riding has been stifled, now a great area is opening up by the west end of the Sellwood bridge and Gateway Green is steadily moving forward.

        I know it is small comfort to those who want immediate gratification, for an old retro-grouch to say “Back in my day there were no bike lanes, and we were happy for 6″ outside the fog line” but it is true. The facilities in Portland are basically great for cycling. Sure they could improve, and anyone with a broad attention span would have to admit that the facilities are improving.

        OK so the business won’t give up parking. Their businesses would get better exposure of speed limits were slower. That would benefit cyclists and businesses. Make lemonade out of lemons and work to lower the speed limit, get traffic calming installed, add pedestrian crossings and bump outs. Every person in every business needs every customer they get, and they want both drivers and riders. It is pretty cold to want to put an entire business district out of business because they don’t agree with you.

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        • Brian April 29, 2014 at 1:49 pm

          Riverview is still a maybe. I am hopeful that Gateway Green continues to move forward, though given the history in this city I am no longer optimistic. My point is that many spent their time on the Forest Park process, and zero progress was made. Zero.

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  • Amy Subach April 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Oh, Crossfit Stumptown, how sad. I wrote Tony and Joon an email.

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  • phawk April 29, 2014 at 11:12 am


    I hope you’re seeing the trend here of businesses being contacted and deflecting the attention to the people who asked them to sign it. Also the dodgy info regarding Captured By Porches.

    This list may need a full audit. Something’s fishy.

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  • F.W. de Klerk April 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Maus, you should be ashamed of yourself allowing lists of businesses to be published without verifying whether or not these businesses actually had a part in signing the petition. Very thuggish behavior on your part. You are impacting the livelyhood of business owners with sloppy, premature reporting. So next time get down off your cycling high-horse and check your facts and try to retain what little credibility this site has left as a source for cycling information.

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    • Josh Berezin April 29, 2014 at 11:59 am

      What? He acquired the petition that was submitted to PBOT. If there were businesses that were mistakenly on the list, the error was the responsibility of the petition signers. They should not have submitted a petition that included businesses whose owners didn’t agree with the content of the petition.

      If Jonathan hadn’t published it, the businesses mistakenly listed would never have even realized they were on it and had a chance to amend the record.

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    • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) April 29, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks for the feedback. I published the letter and names exactly as they were presented to PBOT. I only verified that this was the petition that was given to the City, I never claimed anything about its accuracy. We are edited this story as we hear about any names mistakenly or wrongly put on the list.

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    • Cory Poole April 29, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      If your going to sign your name to something you should be prepared to accept both positive and negative repercussions. All of these businesses had the option of taking a neutral stance of NOT signing. This stuff is public record and bike portland should be cheered on for bringing this to the publics attention. It’s a shame that at least one business was misrepresented on the petition but that is not Bike Portland’s fault. It looks like those who collected signatures were sloppy in presenting the full implications of what the businesses were signing.

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    • gutterbunny April 30, 2014 at 6:24 am

      Actually I don’t think publishing this was a mistake, Bikeportlands mistake was presenting a fairly slanted piece to on Friday on the subject without publishing the petition.

      I still don’t think the petition is the businesses kicking bikes out like Fridays summery made it out to be. And think a large reaction to this based on the attitude that was established in Fridays post. I suspect a large number of people just skipped to the list to see if their favorite spots are on it.

      If Fridays post had been framed and titled as “61 businesses ask for “Cars are Guests” design of NE 28th” (incidentally that is exactly what they are asking for) I’m pretty sure the overall reaction here would have been different.

      But instead, you gotta people stewing on this all weekend just waiting to jump all over it.

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  • phawk April 29, 2014 at 11:24 am


    I am a cyclist too. I use my bike to commute to the restaurant and run as many errands as possible on my cargo bike. I have promoted cycling to my business by advocating for on street bike corral parking and by offering a bike only happy hour every Wednesday for the last five years. I support increased bike safety but I also care about the safety and needs of all members of our community. I don’t believe that taking out parking on 28th street is a viable option for our neighborhood (for many of the reasons listed in the letter). Yes, I did sign it. I also went to the meetings, listened to the presentations, talked to our neighbors, customers and other small business owners. I am in favor of making the street safer and more accessible for everyone and am excited at the prospect of having a dedicated bike street just two blocks away. Cheers, Chantal

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    • joebobpdx April 29, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Thank you for your candor. I’m a long time resident of the area, longer time cyclist (40 years and 55 years, respectively). Now I have a good reason to come visit Tapalya!

      Ankeny and 28th have been my bike routes of choice for a long time. I’ll continue to ride on 28th, but think the alternatives that don’t include parking removal are quite viable.

      As a cyclist and neighbor I’m sorry for all the tough talk and threats here. If avid/vocal cyclists are 10 or even 20% of the population, how is this approach going to work out for us?

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    • davemess April 29, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Can you further explain the rational that removing parking decreases safety? I think for bikes and pedestrians it highly increases safety.

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      • Brian April 29, 2014 at 12:50 pm

        Because those cars then drive around the neighborhood looking for parking. As I mentioned above, as a local in this area who rides in it frequently, all of my close calls with cars have been in the intersections in the neighborhood. I have never had a problem riding on, or crossing, 28th. This is concerning as I often ride with my little dude on the back.

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      • OnTheRoad April 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm

        Having parking narrows the car travel lane and the drivers tend to drive more slowly because of the narrowness. That’s the theory behind curb extensions and roundabouts.

        Adding a bike lane makes the auto lane seem wider, so drivers increase their speed because there is not as much stuff to watch out for. Increased speeds not so great for bikes and pedis.

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  • Bruce April 29, 2014 at 11:27 am

    I support increased bike safety but I also care about the safety and needs of all members of our community.
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    I’m sorry, which “members of our community” are you referring to, that are somehow made safer by having free parking in front of your business?

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    • Bruce April 29, 2014 at 11:28 am

      “You” = Tapalaya in this case (I know, he’s not actually here…)

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  • Andrew April 29, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I believe phawk is quoting an email.

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  • Paul April 29, 2014 at 11:34 am

    They barely made a case. How in the hell did they convince PBOT with such a weak argument? Jees, they could have all just said, “we’re sad to see the parking go” and PBOT would have caved. Man oh man. It’s going to be a rough ride.

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  • Buzz Aldrin April 29, 2014 at 11:53 am

    “61 businesses is quite a show of force. Seeing all of them in a list and viewing them on a map illustrates the stranglehold that parking has over transportation planning in Portland right now.”

    Quite the understatement; I would just say that ‘right now’ should be changed to ‘since forever’.

    I lived on NE Knott in 1987-89 and the city was planning to remove parking on one side of the street to install bike lanes. Despite the fact that every single residence on NE Knott has ample off-street parking, some neighbors still circulated a petition against parking removal that effectively killed the project.

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  • Paul Atkinson April 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Sigh. I used to like Crema. Fortunately this city is replete with similarly delightful places…many of which I can bike to without using 28th.

    It’s funny how political people get when you say you’d prefer to go somewhere else because a business is supporting or opposing something in a manner you don’t like. Isn’t this just exactly how the mythical free market is supposed to work?

    Also…phew. So glad to see Beulahland isn’t on the list. I was just there on Sunday morning for breakfast + Timbers. At least the breakfast kicked ass.

    As for the politely dissenting business owners – I see your position and I don’t disrespect you for it, I just don’t agree. ‘Bye!

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  • phawk April 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm


    As you know, Coalition is situated on the main Ankeny bike route, and we have always worked to make the neighborhood more bike and pedestrian friendly. With those goals in mind, what we have suggested is lower speed limits for cars, more cross walks for pedestrians, and a bike only lane on 30th, not 28th. While we have a strong neighborhood and bike commuting base, we also depend on people being able to come from all over the city, and beyond, to enjoy our beer. Losing all those parking spots could cause a serious financial loss, as many non-bike commuters are not willing to go somewhere they are unable to park. We feel that offering a bike only lane a mere two streets over is a great compromise for everyone. We hope you feel the same way, and thanks again!

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    • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Coalition Brewing isn’t even on 28th and its frontage is only 1 parking space on Ankeny… their business model doesn’t rely on parking…

      not to mention what others have already stated: it’s vile for a place that primarily serves alcohol to complain that fewer people can leave in a car…

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    • Chris I April 29, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      P.S. Happy drinking and driving! – Your friends at Coalition Brewing

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  • phawk April 29, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Is this 30th ave bikeway or whatever a done deal? Based on the detailed responses of Coalition, Tapalaya and Staccato are talking like that’s what’s going to happen…

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  • ET April 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for letting us know and for the list of businesses that don’t support investing in cycling infrastructure. Noted. I ride this stretch of road all the time. The improvement would actually help their businesses.

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  • Spiffy April 29, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    so sad to see that businesses with their own private parking lots also signed this… that’s just greedy…

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  • dan April 29, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    I think that people are forgetting that these are small business owners, not the Koch brothers. If you were at all the neighborhood meetings making your position clear, and if you biked this chunk of 28th for work and/or leisure all winter long, then you may have a legitimate kvetch. I kind of feel like everyone else is just jumping on the bandwagon.

    Personally, I’m a year-round bike commuter, but if I’m making a personal trip in the winter, like going to Laurelhurst Theater some rainy January night…well…chances are I’m going to drive, and I’d guess many local cyclists are the same way. Is removing parking to build a world-class bike facility that’s underutilized 2/3 of the year really that high of a priority on this street?

    While I would like to hear how these businesses feel about meters / permits for parking, I don’t think that what they’ve proposed is that terribly unreasonable / bad, and in general, I don’t feel like this is a group of people that is “anti-cycling,” whatever that means.

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    • phawk April 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

      I think you may be a tad wrong about those who have interest in this. We want 8 year olds and 80 year olds to be able to bike to the movies and grab a Gelato afterwards. This isn’t about hardcore commuters.

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      • dan April 29, 2014 at 3:09 pm

        I’m not sure you quite picked up what I had in mind. I’m questioning how many 8 and 80 year olds — as you put it — will be biking down 28th to the movies followed by gelato in roughly September through April.

        I wouldn’t have described myself as a “hardcore commuter,” but let’s just assume that’s accurate. As I said in that first post , in the rainy dark part of the year, I wouldn’t use bike infrastructure on 28th for recreational purposes no matter how good it was. I’m guessing that the “interested but concerned” are in the same boat. If that’s the case, it seems to me that concerns about how car parking removal would impact business may be justified.

        Like I said, this isn’t a regular route for me — I live off of Division, and bike to Laurelhurst Theater occasionally, but don’t usually go further north than that — so I don’t really have a horse in this race. I’m just wondering if parking removal is really going to work out for these businesses in the drippy part of the year.

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        • Chris Anderson April 29, 2014 at 8:23 pm

          Portland weather is beautiful. Real raincoats and lights work. Electric assist really helps if you are leaning into the wind. I know at least one 3 year old who biked to school all winter.

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          • Paul Johnson April 29, 2014 at 8:31 pm

            Want to know how you’ve never seen the weather on the southern plains firsthand? There’s a reason touring Kansas by bicycle is popular enough to sustain toll cycleways.

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          • dan April 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm

            No sales job necessary, I was born here ;-)

            Given traffic counts on the Hawthorne bridge, it seems that about half of Portland cyclists are not as hardy as your 3-year-old friend: http://portland-hawthorne-bridge.visio-tools.com/

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        • spare_wheel April 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

          this was not just about one bike lane. parking removal, speed reduction, lane narrowing, crosswalks, and bikes everywhere would have provided a huge benefit to peds.

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    • 9watts April 29, 2014 at 9:47 pm

      “…if I’m making a personal trip in the winter, like going to Laurelhurst Theater some rainy January night…well…chances are I’m going to drive, and I’d guess many local cyclists are the same way.”

      Yeah, well, some of us choose not to have a car at all. A quarter of the renter households, and something like 6% of homeowners in the city don’t own cars. There are more of us than you think.

      Furthermore–and I think this is the more important part–the trend away from cars for everyone and everything we’ve seen these last few years is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

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      • Paul Johnson April 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

        TriMet alone handles 20% of the trips in it’s district as of 1997, and transit growth surely has increased that since then, despite the fact TriMet seems to be in this self-flagelation mode of cutting maintenance and service and completely eliminating the Nightowl service (which, if they were smart, they’d have done something like team up with MADD to promote the Nightowl…)

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    • Andrew April 30, 2014 at 12:51 am

      I do bike down 28th every day, rain or shine. I do find it problematic and dangerous, and I would very much prefer the protection a bike lane offers. Many more people have a dog in this race than people in similar situation to myself– 28th is one of the few places a cyclist can safely cross the i84. As far as north south corridors go, it’s the best option east of the 12th street crossing.

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  • Alexis April 29, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Guess I’m bookmarking this to come back to and see which businesses I won’t go to anymore.

    Not that I go to any of them very often, since I hate riding on 28th so much. Sorry to those who didn’t sign it — please try to convince your neighbors to change their minds; it will help you too!

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  • John Andersen April 29, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks to all who will boycott businesses that are not visionary. That’s what I do, and am glad Pambiche and Wolf and Bears are on the right side of history. It doesn’t surprise me as I always felt both were inspiring places to eat.

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  • Logan Smith April 30, 2014 at 9:38 am

    I really liked this parking quote on a similar topic from an Atlantic Cities magazine article titled “How Too Much Parking Strangled the Motor City:”

    “I think I fall victim to this perception sometimes – being a Midwesterner, being a Detroiter – that when I go downtown, I expect to be able to park within four blocks of where I’m going,” Linn says. Yet he knows he doesn’t have that expectation when he’s in New York or Chicago or Boston. “I think it’s a hard nut to crack because it’s been ingrained in so many of us from such a young age.”

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    • Adron April 30, 2014 at 11:15 am

      That is a horrifying assumption of entitlement that exists in America. It is… to state simply – an extremely negative outlier of America’s automobile obsessions and oil addiction.

      I read that article too a while back and am thankful I live in Portland these days, but it also reminds me of how warped much of the United States is in perceptions of entitlement.

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  • Logan Smith April 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Here is what Migration Brewing told me on Facebook regarding their rationale for signing and it shows some insight into the way the petition was pitched to businesses:

    “Logan the petition we signed was presented to us from some local businesses we support. They said they would like to make sure all options were explored before jumping to using 28th as the bikeway option. I also as a member of our overall community wanted to hear what the residents had to say about the pathway. In going to neighborhood association meetings I know one of the biggest qualms of the residents of our neighborhood have is the amount of parking on their streets that come from the local businesses. So with that being said I want to know their position on loosing 140 spots on 28th Ave.”

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    • spare_wheel April 30, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      migration made picking a beer at one of portland’s multi-tap establishments a little easier.

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  • Bjorn May 1, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    Starbucks does not have franchises, it might have been signed by the local manager, but they aren’t an owner.

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  • Lenny Anderson
    Lenny Anderson May 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

    In the mid 90’s I biked via the 28th Avenue viaduct from my place in SE to my work in N. Portland, but avoided 28th south of Sandy like the plague…30th, Oregon Park, etc. But in recent years when I have ventured over there from my place in NE, I noticed that a lot has changed…more businesses and more bikes. Being one bike in a street full of fast cars is no fun, but being one of a handful of bikers in a street half full of slower cars starts to be fun. Its a “critical mass” kind of thing, which I think the street re-design should seek to augment. More striped crosswalks, bold sharrows, at least 20 mph speed limit, and maybe signage that reminds motorists that they MUST yield to pedestrians and respect non-motorized vehicles can make the street work for all modes. Frankly I thought the PBOT proposal was a halfway idea certain to make no one happy. Why not challenge businesses to step up and help (LID $) move the street in a new direction?

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  • Jeff May 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Im very hapy to see beulahland not on this list…I’m really sad to see coalition on the list and its going to suck not drinking their beer anymore

    I intend to let these businesses know that I’m there because of their support of buffered bike lanes on 28th…even a simple “thanks for supporting cyclists ” the receipt I think will help send the message

    I’m glad I have a list of places that dont want my business

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  • jim May 4, 2014 at 1:25 am

    This sure is taking journalism to a new level.

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  • Carl May 5, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Just for fun, I checked out the City of Portland analysis they reference in defending their “at least seventy percent of the new tenants will own automobiles” claim.

    Turns out the research does not include a single project on 28th, or anywhere nearby. Document is here if you’d like to check:


    My hunch is that people moving to such a densely walkable district, with good transit (and bike!) options will be exceptionally likely to be carless or low-car. Not that we’d know from this study.

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  • 9watts May 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    One problem here is that the city’s survey results and the results from Urban Dev’t Group’s effort to survey tenants in their apartment building on ~15th & NE Hancock diverge sharply. I am not aware of any effort to reconcile the two.

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