About Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent)

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent)

Lisa Caballero has lived in SW Portland for 20 years. She is on the Transportation Committee of her neighborhood association, the Southwest Hills Residential League (SWHRL) and can be reached at lisacaballero853@gmail.com.

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) Posts

Opinion: 16 years after Portland’s ‘urgent’ Freeway Loop study, where has our boldness gone?

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

Map of Portland’s inner-city freeway loop. The 2005 Freeway Loop Advisory Group study proposed relocating the dashed segments into tunnels. (Source: the 2005 Freeway Loop Study.)

The year was 2005, and the tone was urgent.

“Clearly, the I-5/405 Freeway Loop needs immediate attention.”

“To keep the I-5/405 Freeway Loop viable, planning and design for improvements must begin now.”

“We are at a very critical juncture. It’s time to move forward.”

The blue ribbon Freeway Loop Advisory Group (FLAG), appointed by former Portland Mayor Vera Katz and Oregon Department of Transportation Director Bruce Warner, was tasked with finding strategies to surmount the increasingly apparent flaws of the inner-city’s post-World-War II freeway plan. The FLAG included representatives from ODOT, the Portland Business Alliance, the Oregon Trucking Association, TriMet, the Oregon Transportation Commission, and Metro.

This group—hardly a bunch of radicals— noted that “freeway construction, combined with urban renewal projects, divided and destroyed neighborhoods in the name of a modern transportation system.” To begin to remedy this, and to insure a prosperous future for our region, they proposed the very bold plan of removing the Marquam Bridge and relocating the southern and eastern portions of the Freeway Loop into tunnels. “Complex transportation projects can take at least 15 years from initiation to completion,” which is why they urged the planning to begin “now” (the study tends to bold the twelve occurrences of the word “now”).

Sixteen years later, where has our boldness gone?
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Major construction has begun on SW Capitol Highway project

Monday, July 19th, 2021

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Pedestrian fatality on 33rd happened near massive homeless encampment

Wednesday, July 7th, 2021

NE 33rd Drive, looking south. Portlanders live in vehicles parked on the side of the road. (Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Person walking struck and killed by a driver on NE 33rd Drive

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

A person walking was struck by a car and killed on NE 33rd Drive, just west of the airport.

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Capping Freeways: An Interview with Architect Rick Potestio

Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Corner of SW Broadway and 5th Avenue looking east. I-405 and the surface street route of Hwy 26 to the Ross Island Bridge create a no-man’s-land for people walking and on bicycles. (photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Book Review: Last Best Hope, America in Crisis and Renewal

Tuesday, June 29th, 2021
Cover of Last Best Hope by George Packard

Book cover.

Last Best Hope: America in Crisis and Renewal (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2021-06-15) is an essay on the meaning of the year 2020. If the gift of the virus was to interrupt us, author George Packer uses the interruption to take a close look at America, a “long middle-aged stare in the mirror.” Packer’s examination puts our particular year in Portland into a larger context. His general analysis doesn’t perfectly fit our specifics, but it is a sharp lens through which to look at ourselves, and it helped me better understand our local issues.

The book is a cross between tough-love and a bad diagnosis from the doctor. This month’s Atlantic magazine excerpts a section in which Packer describes the fracturing of America into four parts, each with its own narrative and idea of what our country should be. He calls the parts Free, Real, Smart and Just America. Treat yourself and read this piece, it looks like it is available online free of charge.[Read more…]

Long advocacy slog ends with smiles as SW Capitol Highway project breaks ground

Monday, June 14th, 2021

SW Capitol Highway looking north early Sunday morning after a rain.
(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Barbur Crossroads mystery solved! PBOT plans shared bike/ped space on new sidewalk

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

View looking north along SW Capitol Highway from the location of PBOT’s planned shared bike/ped facility.
(Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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ODOT: Bike conflict markings, bike boxes – but no bike lanes – through Barbur Crossroads

Friday, May 21st, 2021

Source: BikePortland annotation of ODOT’s planned bicycle improvements. Stars are locations of bike boxes and/or conflict markings. The pink line shows the Capitol Highway gap in bike markings.

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Book Review: ‘Calling Bullshit’ will help you be a better advocate

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World (Penguin Random House, 2020) is a much-needed guide for folks awash in numbers who are just trying to make informed decisions. Anyone working or advocating in transportation should read it.

The preface begins with a definition of bullshit and a discussion of its different types. The authors, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, a biologist and a data scientist at the University of Washington, distinguish between old-school and new-school bullshit. Their book focusses on the new-school type which “uses the language of math and science and statistics to create the impression of rigor and accuracy,” and they introduce the concept of “mathiness,” their analog to comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness.” Mathiness refers “to formulas and expressions that may look and feel like math—even as they disregard the logical coherence and formal rigor of actual mathematics.”

Each chapter guides the reader through topics like causality, selection bias, data visualization, and big data, with examples from contemporary news. The result is a topical, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny book.
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