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Mandating that a developer provide parking where it is not needed and simultaneously reduce (by half) the number of units in a multi-family housing development will increase the per-unit costs of renting or buying a dwelling in said development. If you want affordable housing, make it affordable for people who don't own cars (often because - surprise! - they don't have the money for a car). If you want unaffordable housing, mandate parking minimums and density maximums like every other city in America. Pretty soon after that we'll start to look and feel like every other city in America, which is why we all left those other cities and moved here, because we really didn't want to leave those other cities in the first place because they're all so great, right?
Because regardless of what the zoning laws say, these neighbors know better. They know with absolutely certainty that no household really doesn't own a car, so regardless of what people say, residents of this building will be circling the block looking for somewhere to park the car they say they don't have but really do.
And I would LOVE to see the NA have a bake sale to raise funds to keep density (along with livability and transit quality) low. You've got to love Portland: we want density - but (cue chorus:) Not In My Back Yard!
Susan Levine - candidate for NIMBY of the year 2012.
"I criticized the plans for the building on Wednesday, writing that it will be crass to build an expensive new symbol of Portland's green values at the same time we can't find money to keep our parts of our current sustainable infrastructure, TriMet, running."
You do know that Trimet is it's own government agency that collects taxes for itself, don't you? The city of Portland doesn't fund Trimet, so your comment makes absolutely no sense at all. If Trimet were providing funding this project and also cutting service then you'd have a point, but you didn't list Trimet as a major contributor to this project so I'm not sure how they're to blame.
I wish I was going to be in town this weekend. I really don't want this event to be dominated by a bunch of incoherent losers that don't understand how much more their lives would suck if the government cut spending as much as they claim they want them to do.
Toll the bridge, and for good measure both McLoughlin and Macadam at the Multnomah-Clackamas County lines. The majority of Sellwood Bridge traffic originates in or is destined for Clackamas County. Those are the people who benefit the most from this bridge and therefore should have to foot an equitable share of the cost of this bridge.
Watch city council live:
The supporters of the recall should have to collect donations to pay for the special election. I certainly don't want my own tax dollars used for this purpose.
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