November 27, 2006
Transportation on the Real Estate Page
The O doesn't put their real estate section online, so I don't have a link, but the cover of the section on Sunday was about people buying homes based on their access to transportation - alternative transportation.
It included both homes on transit lines AND with bicycle access. Apparently the Springwater has become quite the real estate amenity!
November 27, 2006 8:12 AM
Any chance you can make that article into a PDF? You have some native Oregonian transportation nerds living in Colorado who would love to see that article :)
November 27, 2006 8:34 AM
Urban Planning Overlord Says:
According to the naysayers, these people will actually worsen the traffic situation on our roads.
For now, maybe. But when the roads become intolerably congested, these people will have an alternative. The rest of us won't.
November 27, 2006 8:53 AM
Jonathan Maus Says:
They do put this section online..here's the link:
November 27, 2006 9:12 AM
I think this is the article:
"Gas savers: Right location makes commute less painful"
November 27, 2006 9:26 AM
Chris Smith Says:
Clearly I'm not much of a URL hunter :-)
November 27, 2006 2:33 PM
My upcoming house purchase will be based almost entirely on two things.
#1 Location in proximity to Trimet or other transportation (namely some type of light rail or Streetcar, with a possible exception for a bus line that is less than 2-5 minutes from light rail that is a frequent bus).
#2 The amount of Square Footage for $$ amount with possible investment potential (i.e. a duplex might be in the works)
November 27, 2006 9:10 PM
Terry Parker Says:
Just for the record, it should be noted, the people profiled in the article were singles and couples, none of whom had children living in the same residence. Again this demonstrates Portland is becoming less and less family friendly. Portland’s transportation and housing policies both play a part in the gentrification of families being driven to the suburbs.
November 28, 2006 10:55 PM
Terry... that is another reason why I choose to use transit and live downtown. I forgot to add that one.
#3 So many less kids to deal with. Except in the park in the Pearl. It seems to attract every single child and their suburban parents from a 20 miles radius to play in the water (pending good weather).
Nuthin against kids but the city isn't a good place for them. I'd definately want more for my children if I where to decide to have some. I'd want them to know nature first hand, to see the land that we all derive our lives from, the land that bears us all the food we eat. I'd want them to know these things before the great magnificience and harsh reality of the human "city".
December 2, 2006 12:44 PM
Ray Whitford Says:
I really did pick my current house on access to transportation options: short walk/ride to MAX, Bus, and Springwater Trail. I did want a house with a two car garage, so when the car breaks down, I might be able to fix it.
With my car down now, having bus line #9 and MAX near by has made the car issue last week less of an problem. I really can see with kids though having one working vehicle greatly improves your options.
February 6, 2008 7:56 PM
Transportation access is definitely a major issue for real estate buyers. Personally, I can't imagine not living close to the Springwater Trail and being able to go running and biking there.