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Posts in category Metro

The Greening Of Portland

The Greening Of Portland

About a year and a half ago, then Portland mayor Sammy Adams and his cohorts on the Portland City Council decreed a radical, “green” approach to waste disposal: they sent little plastic slop buckets (made in Canada, naturally) out to virtually every house in the city, and cut garbage pickups to twice a month – […]

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

Phil Knight, Don’t Read This

The Hillsboro Argus published my guest editorial this past Friday, pointing out that since we’re building free stadiums for sports teams now, we may as well do it for everyone. A few more comments on the article from 5440 readers might be nice. Come take a look! http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2013/01/hillsboro_hops_public_financin.html (And as always, if you want more […]

Metro Funding Crisis!

In 1995 and 2006, Metro persuaded voters in the Tri-County area surrounding Portland, Oregon to allow the agency to sell hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bonds in order to acquire natural areas “for the benefit of wildlife and people”. Unsurprisingly, the brain-trust at Metro ran right out and bought up thousands of acres of […]

Pixie Dust & Unicorns – Metro Believes

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The brain-trust at Metro, having twice failed in its grand plans to “create jobs and spur economic development” with its “Oregon Convention Center”, remains convinced that it’ll all work out this time, if only they can get their hands on some more taxpayer money to build a spiffy 600-room Convention Center Hotel. We’ve turned them […]

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  • Sonics | Special Session | Snow Storm April 25, 2017
    Here are five things we think are worth keeping your eye on in Washington state politics this week – from DC to Olympia to Seattle.  We’re building this Monday morning email to be a briefing of things we thing merit your attention for the week ahead. If you have suggestions on what to add, we’d […]
  • Bringing the Sonics Back to Seattle April 25, 2017
    More than five years ago, our Seattle-based partnership began the long and thorough process of developing the SODO Arena.  Our sole focus is to bring the NBA and NHL back to Seattle. We believe our proposal to build a privately funded, state-of-the-art Arena at the southern end of Seattle’s zoned Stadium District, directly south of […]
  • Event: Breakfast with the Wire, A Review of the Regular Session April 21, 2017
    As the legislative session draws to a close, we look forward to dissecting the moving parts of the 105-day Regular Legislative Session and thinking about how the impacts of this session will play out in the Washington State economy. So, we are working with our sister site www.stateofreform.com to invite some of the most quietly impactful […]
  • Reason #3 to Stop Subsidizing TransitFew Use It and Fewer Need It April 25, 2017
    In 1960, when most of the nation’s transit was private (and profitable), 7.81 million people took transit to work. By 2015, the nation’s working population had grown by nearly 130 percent, and taxpayers had spent well over a trillion dollars improving and operating urban transit systems. Yet the number of people taking transit to work […]
  • The Rail Transit Money Pit April 24, 2017
    After more than a year of shut-downs, slow-downs, and break-downs, the Washington Metro rail system still faces a huge maintenance backlog. Meanwhile, rail opponents in Hawaii placed a full-page ad in the Washington Post begging President Trump to cancel funding for that city’s increasingly expensive rail project. Click image to download a PDF of this […]
  • Reason #2 to Stop Subsidizing TransitSubsidies Haven’t Increased Ridership April 21, 2017
    In 2015, the American Public Transportation Association issued a press release whose headline claimed that transit ridership in 2014 achieved a new record. However, the story revealed that 2014 ridership was the highest since 1956. That’s no more a record than if it was the highest since 2013. The truth is that America’s urban population […]