Let’s Untangle the Neighborhood that Tried it First

Anna Griffin reports in the Oregonian today that Sam Adams would like neighborhood business districts to consider paid parking, funneling the revenue back into their neighborhoods.

I couldn’t agree more. For 18 months I served on a Citizens Advisory Committee that arrived at the same conclusion for my neighborhood in NW Portland.

But that was only the beginning. Neighborhood businesses would not accept the plan without adding off-street parking, and the key developer involved insisted on a parking structure location that required rezoning a residential lot and tearing down a house. You can imagine the flap that ensued.

When the dust settled, the parking structure was approved, and the rest of the plan was still on the shelf. And two years of court cases followed.

So, Sam, how about we fix the mess in NW Portland first, then use that as the example to other business districts?

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