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  1. Comment by Ps December 18, 2018 @ 6:13 pm | Link

    Yeah, Oregon doesn't do sales tax, or education, or infrastructure. Add in PERS, and OR isn't going to do much of anything, but this hardline response to what is a very balanced revenue generation option given we currently can't generate enough revenue now with the strongest job and real estate markets ever, is laughable.

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  2. Comment by Greg Abell December 18, 2018 @ 5:47 pm | Link

    The e-bike store is the place to go. I got a great deal and was helped in my decision by very knowledgeable staff. Everyone is saying ebikes are a game changer and they are right!

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  3. Comment by SuperLycraWeenie December 18, 2018 @ 5:40 pm | Link

    The kid in me likes the toll, the adult in me thinks this will encourage more cars to use surface roads.

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  4. Comment by Sigma December 18, 2018 @ 5:39 pm | Link

    Fair enough, but zoom out a bit. Those exact houses might not be built, but the larger trend of modest, relatively affordable houses being demolished for a few more, much more expensive houses, is what I am concerned about. I have yet to hear a rip advocate articulate a case why that won’t continue, other than “trust us, it won’t. Supply will save us. Just look at this report the city’s consultant wrote.” I’d love to hear one because I don’t really oppose the policy, I just think proponents are naive to the possibility of unintended consequences; that his will have the opposite effect that they think it will.

    And aren’t partial below grade basements exempt from the area calculation? At one point they were. That seems like a loophole big enough to drive your Tesla SUV through, which you can then park in your gigantic driveway (that “wasn’t required”).

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  5. Comment by Ontheroad December 18, 2018 @ 5:29 pm | Link

    Bicycle riders don’t pay their way, and bicycle taxing schemes don’t pay their way either.

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  6. Comment by soren December 18, 2018 @ 5:22 pm | Link

    I would like to point out that the bike tax was proposed by democratic party of oregon legislators.

    As if we needed any more evidence of the democratic party's committment to supporting transportation equity and mitigating climate change!

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  7. Comment by Hello, Kitty December 18, 2018 @ 5:21 pm | Link

    One way, probably easier than repeal, is a higher standard deduction.

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  8. Comment by billyjo December 18, 2018 @ 5:18 pm | Link

    The real world reality of this is that instead of taking 5 seconds to assess the situation when you stop at a stop sign, people could take 1 second, look that there are red and white striped poles, then run over the kid riding their bike because all they did was look for the poles.

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  9. Comment by Hello, Kitty December 18, 2018 @ 5:03 pm | Link

    Ah yes, the Wise Native American trope.

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  10. Comment by SD December 18, 2018 @ 5:01 pm | Link

    ...And people were losing their minds over the Arts tax exceeding a 5% administrative cost.

    Why can't the legislators just admit it was a stupid idea. They don't even have to tell the truth that it was political theater at the expense of a constituency that is too small to fight back.

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  11. Comment by SuperLycraWeenie December 18, 2018 @ 4:56 pm | Link

    Portland exists in an alternate plane of existence. A place where street signs and road markings cannot be trusted, if they are even visible.

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  12. Comment by Daniel December 18, 2018 @ 4:52 pm | Link

    New construction seems like the enemy of affordability today, but it's the only way that anything becomes affordable housing in the future. Everybody here shouting about how new construction isn't doing anything to lower rents for themselves right now is absolutely correct, and also missing the point: we got into this mess because for the last 70 years, the only thing that was allowed to be built in many central city neighborhoods was single family housing. It's incredibly short-sighted to look at zoning policy as if it's meant for the present, and not something that has massive ramifications further down the road.

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  13. Comment by Hello, Kitty December 18, 2018 @ 4:47 pm | Link

    Well... would you rather have a lower deduction and get to deduct your mortgage interest, or a higher one where you don't need to?

    Arguably, the rich, who still itemize, did not benefit from the increased standard deduction, whereas everyone else did.

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  14. Comment by John Lascurettes December 18, 2018 @ 4:44 pm | Link

    Yes, he eliminated the need for the deduction for about half the people taking it. Guess who still is taking it? The wealthier people with bigger homes. Sticking it to the middle and lower class again.

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  15. Comment by Hello, Kitty December 18, 2018 @ 4:44 pm | Link

    I believe the most affordable housing in the city is large older houses inhabited by groups of housemates. This is the kind most likely to be targeted by developers.

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  16. Comment by jered December 18, 2018 @ 4:36 pm | Link

    To quote Nelson from the Simpsons (while pointing at Oregon Legislators) "HA HA!"

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  17. Comment by John Lascurettes December 18, 2018 @ 4:36 pm | Link

    Or just do away with parking minimums: https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/12/17/san-francisco-eliminates-parking-minimums

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  18. Comment by Daniel December 18, 2018 @ 4:34 pm | Link

    I think the reason why this is being touted as a boon for cycling is probably, you know, the chart there which shows more people cycling (as a percentage of trips) in areas where densities are higher. Nobody's suggesting it will accomplish "the pipe dream of getting everyone to ride a bike", but evidence suggests that people do bike more when density is higher.

    Sure, people will bring their cars still, but denser neighborhoods strongly encourage you to drive less in them. When density is limited in central city areas, that doesn't reduce the amount of total driving done on city streets, because anybody who wanted to live in a central neighborhood but couldn't will just choose to live further out and commute (via car) through the same type of area they were crunched out of. Now they're not just traffic in their own little hood, they're traffic in all the neighborhoods between them and where they need to go.

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  19. Comment by Jason December 18, 2018 @ 4:32 pm | Link

    But 7' of comfort, is that really necessary? Ostensibly, a bicycle occupies the width of a person's shoulder girdle. This is one of the chief arguments for it being a space efficient form of transportation. Three skilled cyclists can occupy a single car lane. Two cyclists of any level can easily occupy a car lane.

    Jonathan, you do a lot for the community and the community looks up to you for bringing this forum to us. I am bemused by your assessment of these diverters.

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  20. Comment by Kelly December 18, 2018 @ 4:28 pm | Link

    Tri-Met must have gotten a sweet bulk deal on elevator parts – a bunch of elevators along the I-84 MAX have also been closed for repairs recently.

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  21. Comment by John Lascurettes December 18, 2018 @ 4:27 pm | Link

    Speaking as a homeowner (still paying a mortgage), that interest deduction thing is bad. It was created to encourage home ownership but resulted in driving up real estate prices because it increases people's buying power. That in turn drives up rent. The problem is, the genie is out of the bottle on that. How do you stuff it back in?

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  22. Comment by Kelly December 18, 2018 @ 4:24 pm | Link

    Yeah, people like to complain on the internet. It's the entire basis for this website, even!

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  23. Comment by Hello, Kitty December 18, 2018 @ 4:23 pm | Link

    I certainly don't want to ignore history, or pretend it is something different than it was (as many on both the left and right are prone to do), but I am a firm believer that children should not be stained with the sins of their parents.

    Why do you characterize not wanting something you like to change "fear"?

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  24. Comment by soren December 18, 2018 @ 4:21 pm | Link

    And Oregon's property taxes are also unnecessarily regressive due to measure 5/50 "tax control.

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  25. Comment by maccoinnich December 18, 2018 @ 4:21 pm | Link

    Sure. What was built on Mallory wouldn’t be legal on the sites rezoned through the residential infill project.

    Each of those 5,000 sq ft lots now has two townhouses on it, of 3,273 sq ft each; or 6,546 sq ft of development per former lot. That’s an FAR of 1.3:1. Under the residential infill project the maximum FAR that could be achieved is 0.8:1, and then only with triplexes or fourplexes that were affordable or visitable. The achievable price for the 800-1,000 sq ft fourplex units allowed by the residential infill project is going to be completely different to a 3,273 sq ft duplex.

    Furthermore, those houses were required by the current zoning code to provide off-street parking, which increases the minimum sales price the developer needed to make the project pencil. That would no longer be required under the residential infill project.

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