Mike Francis’ opinion section feature about the Columbia River Crossing is a refreshing break from the “we must do this no matter what” drumbeat of the editorial page of our local daily:
You don’t have to be an architect, artist, bicyclist, urban planner, academic or environmentalist to fear that the Columbia River Crossing is a process that is careening toward an unfortunate outcome. Just look at the schematic.
And the Jack Ohman cartoon is not to be missed.
My favorite quote from the piece:
But, notes Port of Portland Executive Director Bill Wyatt, “It’s not like there’s an obvious Plan B. We can do what we have in front of us, or do nothing for quite a while.” If the Columbia River Crossing is scuttled now, he predicts, it will take “another 10 or 15 years” before the stars are aligned this way again.
Reading that, I alternate between laughter and anger, because it has been the clear intent of the DOTs, aided by the Ports to, by hook or by crook, make sure that no viable alternative emerges from the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process for this project.