I've been out of town and not had ready access to the computer to respond to the Portland Mercury printing my letter.
Lord Chico de Papel, you are incorrect, there are 14 boxes in a row with no gap between them located at SW 10th and SW Jefferson:
I am not against the placement of newsracks on sidewalks as long as they are placed there legally. Chaining them to city property is illegal. Not removing graffiti from them within 10 days per city code is illegal. Blocking any portion of the sidewalk to foot traffic for more than 2 hours is illegal. I would just like to see the city of Portland pass regulations specifically addressing the placement of newsracks so that we are all on the same page.
Pro sports stadiums don't bolster local economies, scholars say
Experts "haven’t uncovered a single instance in which the presence of a professional sports team has been linked to a boost in the local economy."
Also, eight weeks ago, NPR did an expose supporting these same numbers that professional sports teams do NOT boost local economies. It is a fallacy.
"Sports economists agree that cities--and taxpayers--get close to nothing from spending public money on sports teams. What they haven't figured out is why we're still doing it."
These are some resources for you to turn to. Sports teams do NOT assist local economies but rather in the long run hurt them. Thirty years of numbers don't lie. Akers, there is no supporting evidence to your $1.1B claim whatsoever.
I want to know why the city continues to approve the building of new high rises in town when we can't fill the ones we've already got built. We've seen numerous articles written in the last year about these buildings sitting at half residential capacity and many cannot fill the commercial spots open at ground level.
If Portland really was concerned with taking care of it's homeless population, then the downtown churches would remove their anti-Christian
"Do Not Loiter" signs from their steps. These signs flight right in the face of WWJD.
While you're monitoring city hall, how about you try to convince them to pass an ordinance that makes it legal for the Portland Mercury and other papers to place newsracks on Portland sidewalks. Under current Portland law, they are illegal, but the city looks the other way. I love the Portland Mercury, but I am greatly annoying by your boxes that are illegally chained to city property such as street signs, street laps, and TriMet shelters. Shame on you guys.
Just give away free bicycle bells to everyone, spend $250,000 to paint bicycle boxes on the roadway, and the problems between bicyclists and motorists will go away.
There is not a single professional soccer team in the USA that is turning a profit without subsidies being paid to the teams by local communities in the form of tax breaks and other incentives, and the amount of new employment that these teams bring to town is minimal. The city needs to stop footing the bill for sport's franchises that come to town, charge them property and other taxes, and let them compete on an even / level playing field with other businesses in the city.
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