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June 2011 Open Thread

June 2011 open thread

Another month, another open thread. A few quick items.

  • Lane Transit District has appointed a new General Manager, one Ronald Kilcoyne, who will become the fifth GM in the agency’s 41-year history. Rather than promoting from within, as TriMet did one year ago, LTD imported their new boss from Connecticut. He takes over at at interesting time for the agency–the first two portions of the EmX BRT line have been well-received; the proposed third segment to West Eugene is, how shall we say it, controversial. On one inauspicious note, according to the press release, Mr. Kilcoyne receives, in addition to a salary of $150k per year, a “car allowance of $4,000”. OK…. at least Neil McFarlane actually bothers to ride the bus to work.
  • Oregon Transportation Commission vice-chairman Michael Nelson‘s term on the commission expires, creating a second vacancy on the board. Will Governor Kitzhaber re-appoint him, name someone else, or leave the seat vacant for a while?
  • Housing prices in Oregon continue to decline, reaching 2004 levels. One out of 500 homes in the metro area is in foreclosure or bank-owned. Housing inventories are still well above normal. Yet the cities of Tigard and Hillsboro want to expand the UGB this year; and in the case of Tigard, at least, it isn’t industrial land that they want.
  • Speaking of home ownership, xkcd on the perils thereof.
  • Metro is seeking public comment in June for the next round of flexible funds, about $22 million dollars.

But as always, you can talk about anything (on topic) which you like!

May 2011 Open Thread

May 2011 open thread

Mayday! Mayday!

As a new month begins, so must a new open thread.

To get the ball rolling, this morning’s Oregonian has a front page article on the changing faces (and races) of inner north-northeast Portland, mainly along the MLK Jr. corridor north of downtown. In 1990, Portland’s population of non-whites was mainly concentrated in the corridor. Today, much of Portland’s African-American population has been further north and east; and Washington County has seen a significant influx of Latino immigrants, with a particularly heavy concentrations around Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. The Latino communities seem to be mostly new arrivals to the region, but the shift of (generally poor) blacks from traditionally-African American neighborhoods like Albina to places like Rockwood, ought to give pause. Gentrification has most certainly come to North/Northeast Portland, and many people who used to live there cannot afford to live there any more.

What role transit, or other infrastructure improvements, have in this is hard to discern. The Yellow Line did open on the western edge of the region in 2004, but most of the neighborhood in question is cut off from MAX by the freeway.

But this is the Open Thread, so feel free to discuss any relevant topic you like!

December Open Thread

Have at it. Santa will take note of who’s being naughty, and who’s being nice.

Have at it. Santa will take note of who’s being naughty, and who’s being nice. :)

February, 2010 Open Thread

The original open thread for topic suggestions* has grown quite large, and isn’t always easy to find. I’m going to experiment with starting monthly open threads. Here’s one, just two days late…

To get things started, here’s a link (sent in by a reader) to an interesting article on how vehicles with bicycles on the roof or cargo carriers were running into trouble with the rules on extra-height vehicles established by the Ohio Turnpike Commission, and having to pay extra tolls:


*Topics which have been already declared off-topic for the entire blog need not be re-suggested. :-)