Overall I think they did a good job of framing the issues, and I’m in agreement with the editorial about needing leadership across all sectors of the community to deal with the challenge. While the articles don’t frame it this way what I think they add up to is the choice between investing in land use (e.g., the Centers in the 2040 Plan) to provide access versus investing in roads, transit and other transportation infrastructure to provide mobility (and of course the debate about which modes of transportation to fund).
In the self-promotion category, Portland Transport was mentioned in three different articles and two of our regular readers, Frank Dufay and Matt Collier, show up in a photo on the Streetcar (Nick Budnick, author of a number of the articles checks in on this blog regularly). Contributors Jim Howell and Bob Richardson were described as offering pragmatic solutions. And of course Rex Burkholder was prominent in the whole section.
Yours truly got quoted twice, once about Streetcar and once about the Columbia Crossing. I want an apology from Jim Redden, who described me as a local “consultant and transportation activist.” The second part is dead on, but I don’t know where he got the idea that I’m a consultant. Jim, I work for a living :-)
Even Ray Polani got an op-ed about the need for subway.
I’m sure I’ll get several posts out of the content from this issue, but for the moment here’s the set of links to the articles:
- Commuter conundrum
- This bridge is building bridges (about the Sellwood)
- Have plan, will travel?
- Destination unknown: our transportation future
- In the suburbs, light rail’s nice, but roads do the real work
- One Way to Go: a subway
- Commutes drive Metro crazy, too
- Life sans wheels pays off, but it’s hard to sell
- Transit moves passengers and drives development
- Voices on the Move: Arno Jones
- Business success depends on keeping goods moving
- Cars at crux of tension between Metro and suburbs
- One Way to Go: Bury the downtown highways
- Voices on the Move: Mark Gravengaard
- PSU lab can make drivers smarter
- Voices on the Move: Lee Shaver
- Snarl on aging I-5 span calls for action
- Funding for roads, bridges falls short
- Solutions: How to keep us all moving