Yes that is right! Mayor Tom Potter of Portland Oregon was interviewed by Bob Miller of KPAM 860 talk radio. The I-5 bridge from Vancouver to Oregon needs to be replaced, it is just to narrow and too old. Looks like the only way to get a new bridge comes with a huge price to pay. Seems like bringing in a new bridge will be a package deal, it will come with light rail, like it or not.
I have linked to the interview (06/25/08 – Mayor Potter endorses new I-5 bridge, about 8 1/2 minutes in) where the mayor of Portland actually tells Bob that bring light rail is a way to force us out of cars. I could not believe what I had just heard, and apparently Bob felt the same way, and had to ask him again.
Not to mention it will open up a huge city to our small town of Vancouver, along with it’s crime rate and nonchalant attitude of bicycling in front of moving autos.
I have paid quite a bit of money to park there when I work; I have gotten parking fines for parking in the wrong places. There is no parking in downtown Portland, and it is hard to navigate to a jobsite with so many bicycles that don’t respect the laws of the road.
I have made my decision to boycott downtown Portland, if they want someone to do my work, look to one of their own. I don’t want to have to deal with that greedy communist city, all it’s fines and parking lots, where they want to force people to do what they want. Sounds like the Taliban in disguise.
Every time I have to travel there, I tell my husband it seems as though I have entered into another country that is removed from America.
I say let’s force Tom Potter out of his stretch limo or provided SUV, and force him to walk the streets or ride a bicycle for more than just photo ops.