Opinion: Police bureau isn’t our only tool to fix hate-filled streets

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 25th, 2021 at 11:36 am

Willamette Week coverage of August 22nd events.

The events of this past weekend require me to make a point I’ve long understood about streets: safety is as much about culture as it is about concrete. If Portland truly stands for streets where everyone can feel safe and welcome, we must do more to defend them against dangerous people — whether the weapon is a multi-ton steel vehicle or a fist, or a gun.

Allowing violent extremists hell-bent on fighting and hurting others to roam our streets without any resistance is no different than allowing an 80 mph speed limit on a wide arterial adjacent to homes, parks and schools. Armed individuals who use neighborhood streets as a backdrop for their pointless violent games are the human equivalent of huge SUVs and trucks driven by distracted drivers or illegal street racers that pose an imminent threat to our city.[Read more…]

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

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on July 22nd, 2021 at 7:27 am

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?
[Read more…]

Opinion: Tell Metro Council we must denormalize freeway widening

Avatar by on July 21st, 2021 at 6:56 am

Image of family and kids on bikes and sidewalk on overpass with Interstate 5 freeway in the background.

(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

Guest Opinion: Stop the freeway-widening slush fund

Guest Opinion by on June 21st, 2021 at 9:17 am

“For me, true independence will come not from a driver’s license, but from Oregon building a transportation system that allows every Oregonian the chance to get around without an automobile.”
— Cassie Wilson

Cassie Wilson.
(Photo courtesy Cassie Wilson)

[Read more…]

Opinion: It’s time to rally support for a carfree South Park Blocks

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 18th, 2021 at 10:10 am

A plan to prohibit driving to create carfree spaces on several blocks of the South Park Blocks, as drawn by Portland Bureau of Transportation in Appendix B of the South Park Blocks Master Plan.

[Read more…]

Opinion: Post-pandemic traffic is weighing on me

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 11th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

North Rosa Parks Way near Albina this morning.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

Opinion: 82nd needs better management, more funding, and less wishful thinking

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 19th, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Crews install new 30 mph sign on 82nd Avenue.
(Photo: ODOT)

[Read more…]

Opinion: There’s got to be a better way to address illegal street racing

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 9th, 2021 at 3:18 pm

The morning after on NE Marine Drive.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

[Read more…]

Guest Opinion: Time for ODOT to start over or scrap the I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 3rd, 2021 at 11:05 am

(Photo: City of Portland Archives)

[Read more…]

Opinion: A chance to seize our vision on Hawthorne

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 5th, 2021 at 12:30 pm

There’s plenty of room, we are just using it the wrong way.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland has a rare opportunity to create space for cycling on a dense, commercial section of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. We cannot afford to miss it. [Read more…]