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Even some, gosh even any, even something at least could give a data driven, rational housing planning best practice approach to provide an accurate picture, and better (or some) argument, for expanding the relo ordinance.
Instead we have what is known in planning as a hollow "and so what" report. It's weak, it tells us little, it makes no solid argument but can be used just as well to make a strong against argument: expanding the relo ordinance would cause small, local landlords to sell to flippers, tear down developers, and higher income home buyers taking valuable existing rental housing off the rental market, especially needed family sized homes and disrupting communities of color further as they can't find affordable replacement reveal housing in the same area.
Really, truly, that report is so bad it would fail the housing 101 policy class at PSU.
And Wheeler saw right through it and rightfully (with his degrees in economics and public policy, and MBA) called stats & policy report BS. That report tells us absolutely nothing we need to know to make good policy decisions.
Gong! Try again PTU and aeudsly's dumbo "policy expert"'Jamey Duhsmel. You morons failed and blew a great opportunity to help renters. Yet again.
I too curious as to how many African Americans own these properties, what the rent levels are already, and who is in these units. If adding a relo ordinance to these homes and it causes even 1000, or 100 low income African American households to be displaced because the owners decide to sell due to having additional regulations & costs imposed on them by the city, that would be a big policy problem indeed.
Eudaly and Co should have implemented data gathering at the start of the relo ordinance last year by doing door and mail surveys and tracking renters and rental units the best they could rather than relying on a pretty but shallow & useless report done by some citizen who works not in housing or urban planning but in tech, who doesn't even seem to understand housing data analysis or public policy.
Eudaly has a dedicated policy "expert" person on staff and they've had a year to get some good data, they really blew an opportunity here.
Also, why is PTU even at the table anymore? Hasn't Dirk or anyone here been paying attention to the massive racism problem their key leadership has? It isn't enough that Margot Black "resigned" (she's still calling the shots behind the scenes with her equally racist husband Sammy Black). Nobody should listen to their bullshit claims, or implement their bullshit policies. The current relo ordinance is bad enough.
Wheeler is well within his rights, and absolutely correct, to demand a hell of a lot more data before ramming through any additional policies on this front.
One common theme with Eudaly and PTU seems to be making policy decisions based on wishful thinking, anecdote and emotion. No wonder Wheeler gave them all the adult no-no.
Pretty sure Eudaly & PTU don't want actual solid data and analysis though because it may very well not tell them what they want to hear nor fit their agenda.
There's already another Merc article where Eudaly basically admits that the passage of the ordinance has resulted in a swath of 9.99% rent increases that would not otherwise have happened because landlords feared even more draconian measures coming down the pipeline, a reaction that is a surprise to literally nobody with more than five brain cells to work with.
@mary hi hi. Are you a renter? It's hell out here
@flaviosuave you'll be happy to know the current policy allows an exemption for landlords moving family members back into a residence such as your mother.
@DJT the ordinance wasn't written for folks like you, right? This was to stem the no-cause evictions taking place by predatory Landlords who merely wanted poor tenants out to make room for more monied tenants.
@econonline- hi hi, perhaps you are unaware of sabbatical or fix term leases? ORS 90 allows for leases of a fixed term that do not no rollover to month-to-month with both parties agreeing to those terms.