I live in one of these buildings, and frankly I'm considering bailing out of this town within five years — even if it means being homeless — because getting buried alive is in the top five of my list of deaths to avoid.
"Is it worth it to lose the architectural identity of a city in exchange for purported "safety"?"
Yes. Of course it is. I don't enjoy uninspired, soulless architecture, either, but if knocking down some of these places would help to save even just a few lives, then I'm all for it. And it doesn't appear that there's any question that retrofitting these places would indeed make them safer; not completely safe, of course, but certainly safER.
All you have to do is imagine one of your loved ones perishing in one of these outdated, unstable buildings simply because the owner/city was too cheap to make the appropriate, prudent renovations when they had the chance -- at that point you would be singing quite a different tune and suddenly wouldn't give a damn about aesthetics or historical identities.
Perhaps they can put some sort of facade on them in order to retain their old timey charm, but to leave them as is, especially after they have been scientifically shown to be much less safe than they could/should be, would be the height of irresponsibility, short-sightedness, and foolishness.
DoD study on random polygraphs for personnel. http://t.co/Tr7uafTd
"the polygraph is the single most effective tool for finding information people were trying to hide." - DIA, NSA.
CBP could require current employees to undergo polygraphs. http://t.co/MpPsmq2p
Make policy that polygraphs for all new hires expire every 2-5yrs. http://shar.es/epfm2
California laws strengthened wall of silence among officers. http://shar.es/lITUZ
Random drug, lie detector tests for Police Officers in Spain. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Random-drug-lie-detector-tests-221734651.html
Dodgers' big gift moves LAPD closer to on-body video cameras. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-dodgers-lapd-20131002,0,4237783.story
The honest, brave officers with integrity deserve better.
And so does the public.
Wherever you are in the World, in your own jurisdictions, in your own capacity, you can do something, anything, just one thing. And make a difference.
Break the code. Break the culture.
Most landlords won't take responsibility when a pipe bursts in your apartment, and now you're expecting them to "earthquake proof" a whole building?
Fritz: "We're not going to do anything that's not in compliance with the Zoning Code."
She should add: "Unless we make something up that serves my idea."
Oh, I don't think you have to worry about the real estate market heating up in the foreseeable future, at all.
This is so sad. So many of Portland's historic buildings are already at risk of being demolished or "renovated" to the point of being unrecognizable, especially now that the real estate market has started to surge again. Novick is already predicting this in the statement about how building owners would rather just walk away than retrofit. Well, when they walk away, some developer is going to knock the building down and put up another junky soulless glass box. Do we really want all of Portland to look like the South Waterfront? Is it worth it to lose the architectural identity of a city in exchange for purported "safety"? Nauseating.
The supposed "Organizers" think they actually have power of attorney? They're worried that the other squatters might stay away? I don't think so. They'll stay right the fuck where they're at. Nobody's going to move anywhere they don't WANT to go. The longer the politicians can delay a deal, the longer they can avoid inevitable failure.
How about giving the homeless free monthly bus passes, courtesy of Tri-Met, and paying the squatters $5.00 cash daily for staying out at Dignity Village?
For starters, how about pigs be required to stop brutalizing witnesses and confiscating their cell phones for taking the pig's pictures? In fact, let's see live video feed from pigmobile dashboard cams of all encounters, like with the traffic cams.
The Bridge was never designed to be used with plastic. In fact, how do we know that the company that sells the plastic isn't a scam in the first place? Fix the bridge the way it was originally designed. It lasted for decades like that. In the mean time, don't go buying any more of that bullshit fucking plastic crap, but do fire the stupid morons at the County. At least one of the more notable County dipshits just had the decency to resign. Let's not let Debby off the hook for this come election time, either.
Make the buildings safer? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, HA! Do you have any idea how much devastation there will be from a 9.2? We must have money to burn, because when the big one hits, even the insurance companies will go bankrupt.
Wim Wievel, der Führer of Portland State University which sits precariously atop the potentially devastating, West Hills Fault, has a Ph fucking D in Urban planning. Why does he continue to condemn and confiscate land in downtown Portland to expand the Campus as he solicits new students? Is that why the PSU Safety Patrollers harass and brutalize the homeless in the adjacent, public park blocks, to keep them away from the danger zone?
The historic preservation community is well aware of the seismic issues concerning the subset of unreinforced masonry buildings (URM's) and has been proactive in recommending policies that encourage the seismic retrofit in an appropriate manner. Check out the Historic Preservation League of Oregon's (now Restore Oregon) Special Report: "Resilience Masonry Buildings: Saving Lives, Livelihoods, and Livability in Oregon's Historic Downtowns". (http://historicpreservationleague.org/FieldNotes/HPLOSpecialReport-MasonryBldgs-e.pdf)
One of the important aspects of the report is looking at these historic masonry buildings in their context as vital elements of many older commercial districts in Portland and other Oregon communities. While buildings are considered individually for code compliance, the impact of many buildings being damaged at once goes into the economic viability of the downtown and commercial historic districts.
The report also recommends that all buildings get a seismic rating that indicates whether buildings allow people to escape safely, can be repaired but unoccupied, can be repaired while occupied, or is useable after an earthquake. To be resilient as a city, we need to look at a higher standard than "life/safety" for all buildings.
It should be noted that building codes were only upgraded in 1994 to take into account major earthquakes, so that leaves many at risk. It is true that unreinforced masonry are out largest problem, but older "non-ductile" concrete buildings are not far behind (and in some cases worse) than URM's.
Yay, more fear-mongering so LEO's can expand their bureaucratic fiefdoms and grab more money away from schools, public health, and infrastructure.
P.S. What ever happened to Wapato? I realize that it wouldn't let you expand the corporate fascist state, but it using it would address the supposed issue at hand.
Portland business owners had a most effective solution until it got outlawed; drip lines.
Interesting read in the paper today, 'Dignity' village has over 60 residents, over half of whom have lived there over 2 years, some 3 and 4 years.
This supposedly transitional place has been anything but, for the most part.
Turning into a nice rent-free community.
And this bum Mubarak wants to make another?
Professional Homelessness can never be solved.
When is the last time you filled out a resume for anyplace Mubarak?
Isn't City Hall vacant at night? It's close to where the protestors like to stay. Why not open it up and let them sleep there?
Thank you for this article. "A drunken driver or hit-and-run *might* also warrant police attention" (emphasis mine)? Small wonder the number cyclists and pedestrians killed by Portland automobile divers keeps increasing: there is no accountability for drivers here (and they know it). I couldn't get your map to load but surmise that the "density model" favored by City Hall is a factor (driver in the Pearl: "Honest, officer, I didn't deliberately run over that man without a car on purpose; I had just spotted a parking spot and didn't even see him in my rush to beat the other drivers circling for parking spots." Officer: "Completely understandable.").
You can walk into any pharmacy in British Columbia and ask the pharmacist for AC&C, (Aspirin Caffeine, & Codeine) and the only question they ask you is how big a bottle you want. Here, you ought to be using herbs, anyway.
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