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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…]

Skepticism and major demands of ODOT remain for I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 6th, 2021 at 10:18 am

N Flint Avenue today and the vision for the future (as per the I-5 Rose Quarter Independent Cover Assessment team report).

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Portland’s bike advisory committee will apologize to Commissioner Hardesty for conduct ‘endemic of systemic racism’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 14th, 2021 at 2:26 pm

“We want to apologize for our conduct at that meeting. It was unprofessional, endemic of systemic racism, and unacceptable. We will be holding ourselves accountable.”
— PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee letter

Two months after a heated meeting with Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, members of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee have penned an apology letter.

The meeting on May 11th was Hardesty’s first visit to the BAC since she was named PBOT Commissioner in December 2020. During a Q & A session following remarks to the committee, Hardesty, the first Black woman on Portland City Council, made some statements that left many veteran bike advocates shocked and frustrated. One BAC member, Clint Culpepper, become animated in his pushback against some of Hardesty’s comments — especially when she appeared to dismiss bike advocates’ demands because she doesn’t feel “the bike community” is an effective lobby group.[Read more…]

More traffic cameras, more money: A big day for safer streets in Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 9th, 2021 at 5:32 pm

A man tries to cross 82nd Avenue at Alberta, the intersection where two people were killed by drivers in April.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT takes key step in Commissioner Hardesty’s vision for carfree spaces citywide

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 28th, 2021 at 10:21 am

This existing plaza on SW Harvey Milk (off Burnside) will become Pride Plaza on June 26th.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Hardesty weighs in on Rose Quarter project and traffic enforcement concerns

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 20th, 2021 at 12:21 pm

Commissioner Hardesty at the Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting Tuesday.

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Guest Opinion: Hardesty’s comments come after years of unmet promises

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 18th, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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PBOT Commissioner has revealing, heated exchanges with bicycle advisory committee members

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 12th, 2021 at 2:03 pm

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Tensions mount as bi-state I-5 freeway expansion project moves forward

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 19th, 2021 at 2:29 pm

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Commissioner Hardesty targeted by ‘smear campaign’ in false hit-and-run allegation

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 4th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

Hardesty at a press conference today.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was forced to go on the offensive in a press conference in order to respond to false allegations that she left the scene of a hit-and-run.

The story emerged this morning from PJ Media and was later picked up by The Oregonian and other local outlets.

The writer of the PJ Media story, Jeff Reynolds, is also involved with the Coalition to Save Portland, a nonprofit that formed last fall with a goal to “restore law and order, reverse defunding of the police, end the decay of livability.” Reynolds is also a well-known Republican party operative. [Read more…]