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  1. Comment by Hello, Kitty October 28, 2020 @ 1:36 pm | Link

    From an environmental health standpoint, would you rather have lived in the anti-capitalist Soviet Union?

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  2. Comment by pdx2wheeler October 28, 2020 @ 1:35 pm | Link

    Portland Metro needs a safe MUP network across the entire region. However when MUPs draw-in drugs, homeless, trash, and security risks then society will never support their creation. As an example, I believe this is a huge reason the Lake Oswego trolley's right-of-way will never be converted, despite it being such low hanging fruit and holding such enormous potential.

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  3. Comment by Itgoesbothways October 28, 2020 @ 1:26 pm | Link

    I don’t remember the outrage when this happened:

    https://katu.com/news/local/portland-school-board-votes-to-close-harriet-tubman-humboldt

    Oh wait, it didn’t affect straight white people when this happened.

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  4. Comment by Kittens October 28, 2020 @ 1:13 pm | Link

    I travel a lot and Portland has an outsized problem with homelessness. It’s out of control here and saying it’s acceptable or simply another lifestyle choice is just enabling it. Stop making excuses. They are ruining the city.

    The billions of dollars spent on transit and parks and paths and beautifying downtown. The unique and vibrant neighborhood business districts. Simply being able to go for a walk without fear of being verbally abused or having to step over excrement and needles. Not to mention the hundreds of millions of dollars we spend annually to respond to frequent emergency calls and hospital bills and support services. Vandalism and theft. And most importantly the human cost in thousands Of people who’s lives have been reduced to scurrying like rats collecting cans so they can get their next fix.

    We have got to create a pathway out of this cycle. For those who can no longer make choices in their best interest, we must make it for them. This may feel wrong for a city known for it’s politeness and live-and-let-live ethos but we must do it for them and for us.

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  5. Comment by Hello, Kitty October 28, 2020 @ 1:00 pm | Link

    ~~~ Removing my snarky response because it's just not as good as the one above by cmh89. Nothing to see here, please move along. ~~~

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  6. Comment by cmh89 October 28, 2020 @ 12:57 pm | Link

    Comparing publicly funded spaces where people can come and go freely while having a secure place to sleep and store their stuff to concentration camps has to be one of the dumbest takes on homelessness that I've seen here and really anywhere.

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  7. Comment by Fordism October 28, 2020 @ 12:55 pm | Link

    Fordist capitalism, as epitomized by Nike, is one of the central reasons that 100,000-300,000 people are estimated to die each year in the USA due to air toxic-associated pathology.

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  8. Comment by rain panther October 28, 2020 @ 12:52 pm | Link

    outlaw camping and move all camping to central large scale camps

    So, all we have to do is round up all the scattered campers and forcibly move them to someplace where they'll be more... concentrated. You know, like a... concentration camp, right?

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  9. Comment by Jason October 28, 2020 @ 12:33 pm | Link

    Hey, it's a free(way) country; the DOTs can connect however they like! /s

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  10. Comment by Jason October 28, 2020 @ 12:32 pm | Link

    People drive for other reasons than, "the school is hard to get to".

    They drive because society has habituated cars with indoctrination that starts in childhood. With toys like Matchbox Cars, Transformers and slot car racers. With video games like Grand Tourismo, Need for Speed and Forza. With pop culture like Fast & Furious, Cars, Transporter, Gone in 60 Seconds, and The Cannonball Run.

    I guarantee you, if people consciously evaluate the use of cars to get their kids to school, it would go like this, "cars are the best for of transportation".

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  11. Comment by BEL October 28, 2020 @ 12:27 pm | Link

    Yes. If the camps were sitting in the middle of the transportation "paths" that cars & trucks use on a daily basis and couldn't use due to blocking or aggressive and criminal behaviour then people would start doing something about it. Everyone still seems to think if on a bike its just like a scenic drive on a bike. It's about getting getting efficiently & safely from point A to B without having to fight with cars.
    Many of these same drivers bitch, yell at us to get off the their roads and on to these paths that were taken over by homeless people.
    I don't have much compassion for drugged out, criminal and aggressive people, permanently homeless by choice segment, most from out of town who have taken advantage of the goodwill of Portland. They regularly come into our neighborhoods and given themselves the right to openly trash the area, break into homes and steal anything. We are already on our own. There is no crime enforcement. They seem to have more rights then those that have there tax dollars spent supporting them.

    Sarah I. What a huge disappointment.

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  12. Comment by David Hampsten October 28, 2020 @ 12:22 pm | Link

    Oh Heavens Yes!! A yuge upswell of Oregon voters from throughout the state** elected the Democratic governor and local Democratic legislators to do just that!

    ** Aside from a vocal and misguided minority in the Portland area.

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  13. Comment by Sam Peterson October 28, 2020 @ 11:57 am | Link

    ...thumbs up...

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  14. Comment by Chris I October 28, 2020 @ 11:17 am | Link

    Sounds like it might just be easier to remove the freeways, in that case.

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  15. Comment by Maynard October 28, 2020 @ 10:52 am | Link

    Use this early and often!! pdxreporter.org
    No ceeding of the MUPs Chamberlain Iannorone!!

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  16. Comment by Brighton West October 28, 2020 @ 10:51 am | Link

    Have Bike Portland readers become just typical car drivers / "cagers" in disguise?

    There's a lot of "this is my space and those other people should go elsewhere" in the comments. Next, we'll hear "my taxes paid for that MUP and those homeless people don't pay taxes!"

    It sucks what's happening along the paths. But these are extraordinary times. We cannot solve this problem overnight (I think that Sarah is recognizing this, and Ted's overnight-solution sweeps haven't solved the problem.) But things can be made better and we can come up with a long-term solution that addresses the needs of cyclists and people experiencing homelessness. Golf courses are a great example someone mentioned in the comments.

    If I had to choose, I'd rather be a cyclist on Powell Blvd, than living in a tent on the Springwater.

    When the car drivers start to convince mayor Ted to "sweep the cyclists off the roads because they are making for a poor driving experience" it will have come full circle.

    Note: I don't want to "cede the MUPs" but, once again, there is a crisis going on and we all need to take a step down to give others a leg up.

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  17. Comment by Maria October 28, 2020 @ 10:43 am | Link

    I totally agree with Jason. Of course we want these humans housed and cared for. We also want these hard-won bike paths to be passable by cyclists and pedestrians. Ceding them would not fix the problem but instead exacerbate both the houseless and the bike safety issue.

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  18. Comment by JV October 28, 2020 @ 10:41 am | Link

    FWIW, I strongly oppose this project, and ODOT's handling has been atrocious. That said, a "values statement" need not--arguably *should not*, contain specific metrics or specifications. It is a statement of guiding principles for reference when those more specific blueprints are being formulated. If ODOT were better at management, they could emphasize this point, and this story is a nothing-burger. Now, when the actual specs/measure-ables of the project are penned, that's when the ESC should go to the mat to ensure adequacy and accountability of/for desired outcomes on a granular level.

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  19. Comment by Laura October 28, 2020 @ 10:27 am | Link

    Broadmoor property has been sold...part to serve as a wetland mitigation site for Amazon development at the former Portland Meadows. The other part has been sold to developer for warehouse/industrial space.

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  20. Comment by rain panther October 28, 2020 @ 10:07 am | Link

    To be clear, I really don't give a crap if people kvetch about it in internet comments sections after the fact - I just think it's incredibly irresponsible not to take action to limit the number of personal vehicles on the road that are idiotically big. Sure, let's pick a number - any number. Wherever we draw that line - hopefully relying on data - we will have done some amount of good for the community at large. That Escalade is a big, stupid, selfish luxury item. We can't expect manufacturers to do the right thing; their M.O. is to take the path of least resistance/most profit.

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  21. Comment by Gary B October 28, 2020 @ 9:57 am | Link

    Broadmoor? It just closed down, literally yesterday. Perfect.

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  22. Comment by Gary B October 28, 2020 @ 9:54 am | Link

    Agreed. I have a Sarah yard sign and already voted her, but I'll gladly acknowledge that Wheeler has (after a slow start) definitely made solid progress on housing and resources for the unhoused.

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  23. Comment by SERider October 28, 2020 @ 9:54 am | Link

    Bingo. And not to mention that the issues on these paths disproportionately affect mostly outer neighborhoods with more lower income residents, who rely on these paths for transportation and parks.

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  24. Comment by Fred October 28, 2020 @ 9:51 am | Link

    I was never going to vote for Sarah - no matter how much she bikes. I could never vote for someone in a race as important as Portland mayor when that someone has never held elected office, at any level.

    Sarah's handling of this issue ("ceding the area") just shows why she's not ready to be Portland mayor. And it makes me feel better about voting for Ted.

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  25. Comment by MAFIL October 28, 2020 @ 9:48 am | Link

    You lost me at "one of the main problems is that we shove cyclist into the same spaces that homeless folks like to live". Pretty sure the Springwater was put there for cyclists and walkers and runners first. The homeless folks put themselves there, not the other way around

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