Unable to hide their bias, the television broadcaster issues a story that's almost beyond belief:
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Though Portlanders are remarkably united when it comes to protecting the environment - curbside composting is the norm and terms such as locavore ubiquitous - a property on aptly named Southeast Division Street has provoked an unexpected backlash against the city's progressive approach to housing its burgeoning population.
The general reason for the controversy - insufficient parking - is typically American. But how this got to be a problem on Division Street typifies Portland, a place proud of its plastic shopping bag ban and global warming "action plan" but still struggling with how to grow while staying green.
What a pile! We may be united in some ways, but that's mostly down to being uniformly disgusted by the dictatorial city council and its agents. Nobody voted to ban plastic bags, nobody voted for "curbside composting", nobody voted to cut garbage service by half, nobody voted to divert one and a half million dollars of water ratepayers' funds to build the Rose Festival a new headquarters building, and nobody voted for most of the light rail and streetcar installations.
These were all done by fiat, because our Benevolent Overlords know better than everybody else. They "know" that the Portland population, which took over a century and a half to reach its current level of 584,000, will magically grow by over half that amount in the next two decades, even as the "business-friendly" environment they've created has resulted in major corporations, from Columbia Sportswear to Georgia-Pacific moving their headquarters - and their jobs - out of town.
The population of Portland has grown by 1% annually over the past several decades, but they're certain that in the next two decades, 300,000 more people will swarm here:
"You're not going to stop people from moving to Portland," he said.
Oh really? Here's an actual news flash for Portland bureaucrats and KATU: nobody's trying to stop people from moving here. A few people do move here, and a few move to Washington state. The idea that Portland will more than double in population over the next two decades is ludicrous.