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Brian said, "Innovative mass transit projects like the tram are not the problem. They're the solution."

That's nice to hear from a blogger. And I tend to agree with you.

However, doesn't it seem that residents of Portland are divided over how the city should grow?

A lot of residents, Jack Bog included, are tired of seeing condos being build instead of single family homes. They are tired of Portland becoming high density developments. And the easiest target to blame is the PDC, which is why the PDC is taking so much heat.

I think a mini civil-war is brewing in Portland, and I think it's going to come to a head in determining the future of PDC...

...anyway, good post.


Those looking for single family housing have all the options they wish. Most of Portland are single story housing, ALL suburbs are a majority single story housing. Portland is the only place between seattle and San Fran that actually offers a high density neighborhood. So what Jack Blog is actually asking for is limiting peoples options completely to single family housing. Jack and his kind have all the options, those looking for high density really don't As for his issue with the subsidies, if he would like to return the trillions of highway subsidies his form of growth demanded, I'm sure somethings can be worked out.


I agree.

Most of Portland is single family homes. And I like the high density alternative that Portland is providing.

Mike Thelin

If Portlanders on Lair Hill don't want to look at shiny towers framing their view of the Cascades, they ought to sell and move to Boise. But before they sell, they should wait a few years because the new development along South Waterfront is going to boost their property values in ways they never dreamed. By then, I don't think they'll be complaining. Name one urban neighborhood in the entire country where a city view has hurt property value. Postcard row in San Francisco? Queen Anne in Seattle? The people on that hill are crazy.


I am so sick of hearing people tear apart the tram idea. Theyre not building it for fun as a damn amusement park ride. Youve got a huge dense hospital complex on top of a steep hill with terrible traffic conditions and no ability to expand the roads even if one wanted to. In addition, OHSU is the largest employer in Portland. OHSU needs to expand and theres lots of vacant land at the bottom of hill. Could it be any more obvious that a tram is the perfect solution to connect the two campuses? Maybe shuttle buses are cheaper, but its not going to work when it takes 20 minutes to go by bus from the top of the hill to the bottom because of traffic jammed, steep, windy and indirect roads between the two campuses.

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