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  1. Comment by 9watts August 24, 2019 @ 8:43 am | Link

    "it’s hard to lead with a minority of followers"

    I think we have a differnt understanding of these terms.
    Getting folks used to the idea that cars are not going to remain useful in the long run is something anyone can tackle,.The trick is to differentiate between
    (a) I want to take your car away because I am mean/ want others to suffer, and
    (b) our society binged on fossil fuels a century too long and now we must pay the piper. Disagree all you want but know that your disagreement won't make a whit of difference, won't make the car, your car, any more viable or for any longer, and may well hve the opposite effect, may hasten automobility's demise.

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  2. Comment by Mike Quigley August 24, 2019 @ 8:25 am | Link

    Lack of leadership? The leadership is there. But, it's hard to lead with a minority of followers. The overwhelming majority of citizens are still pro-car. Change will come with complete collapse of the transportation system, or The Big One hits. Whichever comes first, bring it on. Better sooner than later.

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  3. Comment by 9watts August 24, 2019 @ 7:15 am | Link

    I think you (and Randy O'Toole) are making a categorical mistake. Trimet I think we would almost all agree is a public good: More buses make things better for everyone. The same cannot be said for so-called free parking. The more of that we have the worse off we all are. Subsidies, so-called, are not all equal.

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  4. Comment by Seth D. Alford August 24, 2019 @ 5:15 am | Link

    Then don't pull them over. Automate enforcement, instead. And to make it cheaper and easier to do that, just require identifying the vehicle by its plates. Assume that the registered owner is the driver and committed the traffic violation.

    If the registered owner wasn't driving, then the registered owner allowed their vehicle to be used by someone who committed a traffic violation. So the registered owner can assume the burden of proving that someone else was driving.

    Create exceptions for stolen vehicles which are reported stolen prior to the traffic violation.

    And allow civilians to submit helmet cam video which the police can then use to generate more citations. They are already doing that in some parts of the UK. No, in the UK, the civilian doesn't get a cut of the fine. I'm not sure if in the UK the video has to include the driver.

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  6. Comment by 9watts August 24, 2019 @ 12:21 am | Link

    These kind of ill-considered, myopic, simplistic, self-defeating, pandering gestures from our 'leaders' can be so dispiriting. Don't these people think? read? inform themselves? understand how the world works?

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  7. Comment by 9watts August 23, 2019 @ 11:57 pm | Link

    Lots of great comments here, asusual. But I think I would highlight encephalopath's as my nomination for Comment of the Week.

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  8. Comment by 9watts August 23, 2019 @ 11:55 pm | Link

    Well in those thirty years (I have lived on and off in this city for forty-six years) climate change has arisen as a major threat and challenge. The incremental 'progress' if you can call it that which you point to is orders of magnitude too little in light of the demands Climate Change is placing on us.

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  9. Comment by q August 23, 2019 @ 9:23 pm | Link

    Exactly what I was thinking. On top of spaces being taken up by workers, the "free" offer could bring in enough driving shoppers to make finding a space and driving much tougher than usual. Given that the idea is to help businesses, there'd be some irony if this one-day surge in customers driving into town creates a frustrating experience for them, leading them to vow never to come downtown again and instead drive to the mall the next time they want to shop.

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  10. Comment by Brian L August 23, 2019 @ 8:42 pm | Link

    Sadly most of those ADA ramps near me (NE Broadway) are lazy diagonal ones angled into traffic. Feels like suicide when I'm pushing a stroller or kids are on balance bikes. Someone in a wheelchair is at serious risk. All in the "new" ramps. Does Oregon have some low bar legal definition of ADA compliant? Never saw new ones designed this way in other cities I've lived in.

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  11. Comment by Bikers are entitled whiners August 23, 2019 @ 8:09 pm | Link

    Maybe if you entitled yuppies followed the laws and did not intentionally get into petty road territory fights with motorists, things might get better. Just a thought.

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  12. Comment by Toby Keith August 23, 2019 @ 7:17 pm | Link

    Boring.

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  13. Comment by Hello, Kitty August 23, 2019 @ 7:06 pm | Link

    I read the Times article before I saw this, called "How Segregation Created Your Traffic Jam". They focused on highway design and construction with hardly a mention of zoning, but I guess when Sightline is the piper, they call the tune.

    What I'd really be interested to know is if segregation has increased or decreased in Portland since, say 1990. The dot map looks pretty but is hard to understand, especially without comparison with other years. I know nationally there is more racial integration (but possibly less political/social integration?), and my knowledge of the city suggests less segregation, but I'm not sure how it looks at a more analytical level.

    Finally, how many neighborhoods are there in the world that are not somehow shaped by racism or classism?

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  14. Comment by Roberta M Robles August 23, 2019 @ 5:55 pm | Link

    Just turn the anti-fascist crowds into Freeway busting off ramp critical mass resurrection of real neighborhood streets for people not angry drivers looking for FREE parking. Where are the Parklet party leaders? Occupy free parking with a bike party!!!

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  15. Comment by Glenn II August 23, 2019 @ 5:24 pm | Link

    Hey I'm all for leadership at City Hall, but sometimes leadership can happen right there in your own household/driveway/garage. To paraphrase a Vietnam draft-dodger meme, "Suppose they had a free parking and no one came."

    Not that those businesses deserve to be thrown under the bus, particularly. Heck let them have their free parking day, for all the good it'll do. But they did go ahead and locate themselves in a city. And a city isn't just what's convenient for you. It's full of customers, sure, but also other stuff, like [loud-ass marching band practicing nearby] or [poor people] or [drunks] or [truck exhaust] or yes, even [big protest]. You take the good with the bad. Everything under the sun has that dual good/bad nature. (My examples above are also known as "culture," "diversity", "nightlife," "economic productivity" and "free expression" respectively.)

    So yeah, should you expect that a city in a First-Amendment type nation will be free of gatherings at all times? I would say unto ye, nay. And is the city government responsible when it's not? The cops try to stop crime, and for that you pay taxes. Did a pretty good job that day too, from most indications. Not sure what more there would be. Well, free parking I guess. Maybe the news media stoked a bit too much fear amongst people who would otherwise have been engaged in ordinary business downtown that day, but I notice they're not payin' a cent.

    I dunno, I forget why I'm talking about this. Anyway, the "irresponsible abuse" of cars is plenty bad, but so is the responsible use of cars. So stop that.

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  16. Comment by hotrodder August 23, 2019 @ 5:23 pm | Link

    Free parking.
    I laughed and rolled my eyes when I saw that "incentive". Oh, great, even more idjits in cars looking for a place to park. Wheeler, you could give me 25 bucks for every hour spent downtown with a car and I'll still refrain from your offer.
    Cycling downtown is a cinch.
    Driving downtown just means stress and anxiety.
    And that's a sunny day. When it rains, all bets are off..

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  17. Comment by Fred August 23, 2019 @ 5:09 pm | Link

    Sounds like MultCo is mainly ticked off that WashCo is designing an amenity for WashCo residents on MultCo's land! (all of those comments about how the trail fails to benefit the _rural_ population). Yes, the trail will mainly be used by the WashCo residents who live right next to it, but ultimately it will benefit *everyone* who lives in the greater Portland area and wants to roll there on a bike, skateboard, wheelchair, etc. MultCo officials, get over yourselves and figure out a way to approve this trail!

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  18. Comment by pdx2wheeler August 23, 2019 @ 4:45 pm | Link

    "day-fines could introduce some fairness to a legal system that many have convincingly shown to be biased against the poor."

    Guess you're okay with sticking it to the poor then?

    https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/03/finland-home-of-the-103000-speeding-ticket/387484/

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  19. Comment by pdx2wheeler August 23, 2019 @ 4:42 pm | Link

    Wonderful links, thanks!

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  20. Comment by Matt S. August 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm | Link

    Remember, Trimet is subsidized as well:

    “The line is also significantly more expensive to operate, per rider, compared to bus or MAX. According to TriMet figures, WES costs $18.14 per boarding ride (when a person gets on a bus, MAX or WES train). Buses tally $3.80 per ride while MAX costs $2.95, according to TriMet.”

    Per https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.oregonlive.com/commuting/2019/08/max-trains-will-arrive-two-minutes-later-as-trimet-aims-to-help-struggling-wes.html%3FoutputType%3Damp

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  21. Comment by Jim Lee August 23, 2019 @ 3:45 pm | Link

    We could claw back all of Leah Treat's compensation.

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  22. Comment by hoodidge August 23, 2019 @ 3:44 pm | Link

    Thanks for continuing to post stories like these Jonathan! I believe that is extremely important for any one that identifies as a transportation activist to understand and educate ourselves about the impact systemic racism in America has on how we all get around. Its NOT enough to just build more bike lanes and take away parking spots. If we want transformative justice in transportation then confronting racism and our role in it is required!

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  23. Comment by Chris I August 23, 2019 @ 3:30 pm | Link

    Bingo. This "free parking" logic only works if parking is poorly utilized. That is most definitely not the case downtown.

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  24. Comment by Chris I August 23, 2019 @ 3:29 pm | Link

    Agreed on all points. 3 lanes each way with breakdown shoulders on both sides is all that is needed.

    Let's keep in mind that the rail bridge just downstream is even older than the oldest I-5 bridge. If seismic safety were the concern, this bridge should also be replaced, and could be expended to 4 tracks, permitting additional passenger rail service.

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  25. Comment by MTW August 23, 2019 @ 3:17 pm | Link

    While I'm not terribly interested in defending Wheeler, it does make sense to point out that BikeTown, Streetcar and downtown parking are all under the direct authority of the City. TriMet is not.

    Seems to me like Wheeler pulled all the direct levers he could. I would be fine with that if parking was excluded from the package.

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