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I will point a finger, though, at the city in general and the PDC in particular for continuing to neglect development projects in the "annexed territories". It's starting to feel like shouting into the wind, pointing out the fact that places like East Side industrial, Lloyd center, old town, PSU, etc etc probably don't really need those development dollars. East of 82nd, or as I like to call it, the other Portland, most definitely do need them. And if there were commercial centers that were developed out there, people would drive to them and make car2go coverage a logical business move. It would also probably relieve a lot of the pressures on the rental market, increased congestion in the urban core, conflicts with NIMBY property owners over apartments/condos, etc.
Portland needs to wake up and realize that its golden era of the mid nineties to mid 2000 was due to the fact that there was room downtown for those conditions to happen. There's still room in Portland for it to happen, we just need to look forward, and not constantly live in the past.
But that's a transit issue.
It's reasonably easy to leave and return to St. Johns via Trimet during the day. It's much more inconvenient at night, once the 44 frequency drops and the already-infrequent 16, over the bridge, stops altogether. Hence car2go's immense one-way popularity in those parts of town.
I hope that's the same takeaway PBOT and Trimet are getting.
Let's see how much of their fleet we can capture, and if we can account for more than 8% of their trips for a couple of weeks.
More than one person has observed "it would be funny if the whole fleet ended up on August 23rd parked in areas they're cutting.”
One way or another, we'll be sending them a message.
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