Alternative Forum on the Columbia Crossing

The Coalition for a Livable Future is holding a forum on the CRC Thursday evening. Yours truly will be one of the panelists. Here’s the complete skinny:

You may have read in the paper recently that the options being studied by the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) Project – a transportation project focusing on the 5-mile stretch of I-5 that spans the Columbia River – are narrowing. Projected to cost a whopping $2 billion to build, and $1 million/month to plan, the proposal on the table is to get rid of the old bridges and replace them with one huge span. What are the implications for our health and our neighborhoods? What sort of economic impacts can we expect? What can we really afford? What other ideas should be considered? Come learn about this project and engage in a discussion about the pros and cons of the staff proposal. CRC staff will present their proposal followed by a response panel and open discussion. What: Columbia River Crossing Forum, sponsored by Coalition for a Livable Future, Environmental Justice Action Group, Friends of Clark County, and the Columbia Group of the Sierra Club

When: Thursday, Jan. 4, 2007, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We encourage you to bike, walk, take transit, or carpool to:

New Columbia Community Education Room, 4625 N. Trenton St., Portland
On TriMet line #4, near line #1 (see for trip planning)
For those of you coming from Vancouver, you can take TriMet #6 to #4 (both of these lines run late).

For more background on the project, go to Or, download staff recommendations at:

Forum Moderator: Ethan Seltzer, Portland State University
Joe Cortright, Economist, Impresa Consulting
Bruce Podobnik, Lewis and Clark College
Steve Stuart, Clark County Commissioner (invited)
Chris Smith, Citizen activist and Portland Transport founder

Questions? Contact or (503) 294-2889.

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