I actually suspect in many cases this would be a zoning violation, as it would be classified as commercial parking, which is generally disallowed in residential zones. But I can’t imagine how the City could practically enforce against it.
Archive | 2012
Meanwhile the Oregionian is reporting on the possibility of a five-year moratorium on major repaving projects.
Listen to the show (mp3, 27.7MB)
Michelle, Tori and Steph talk with Mayoral Candidate Eileen Brady. Economist Joe Cortright discusses the Columbia River Crossing.
This Wednesday at 11:00 am we’re interviewing Eileen Brady about her candidacy for Portland Mayor; then at 11:30 am we’ll talk with Joe Cortright, a Portland economist, about the Columbia River Crossing
11AM-Noon, Wednesday, January 4th
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at KBOO.fm
Podcast here later that day
Apparently funding the Columbia River Crossing is high up on the Oregonian’s list of resolutions for the 2012.
Their number one argument is freight and a linkage to jobs:
No, the first reason we need a new bridge is to safeguard our own economic health and assure growth — and to create thousands of new family-wage jobs for years to come. Prosperity is at stake. And no public project can help to jump-start prosperity faster than construction of the $3 billion-plus Columbia River Crossing.
Our hobbled I-5 bridge is at the center of a transportation and trading system that supports one in every five jobs in Oregon. Freight industries using the bridge support an estimated 130,000 jobs at warehouses and distribution centers near the ports of Portland and Vancouver. Truck freight valued at an estimated $40 billion crosses the river every year.
Yet as trucks are slowed, scheduled to less congested off-hours or rerouted around the bridge, ripples of costly delay often are sent through a chain of production and shipping here, domestically and even internationally. This hurts Oregon employers, workers and their families — and over time could make competitor states look like more promising places to do business. If we let our transportation system — comprising roads, rail, river and air facilities — become decrepit and cause delays, we’ll threaten our own fortunes.
This conveniently ignores two facts:
- By the project’s own numbers, peak hour congestion delays are only trimmed by a few minutes
- The vast majority of the investment in the CRC will go to the benefit of private single-occupany passenger vehicles
If freight is our real concern, then there are many much more cost-effective projects across the region that could benefit freight movement.