English: A car of the Portland Streetcar system at the eastbound Portland State University stop, on Market Street at the South Park Blocks. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Honest! We're going to have nearly 300,000 people moving here in the next 20 years, all hipsters, and creating 150,000 new jobs! It's taken from the mid-1800's to get to the current Portland population of less than 600,000, but we're going to get half again as many moving here in the next 20 years. Really?
That's what the "planners" claim. So they've put together a Priority Pyramid to demonstrate where transportation funds should be allocated:
The top priority was pedestrians, followed by bicyclists, public transit, freight, carshare, taxis, commercial transportation, and, finally, private automobiles.
Yes, we're all going to live in lab-rat boxes and walk to where they want us to go. Or take a streetcar. No need to bother with freight or other deliveries; that can best be done by bicycle. Really:
Mary Vogel of the Downtown Neighborhood Association agreed with the priorities, however. She supported more freight deliveries by bicycle to reduce the number of large trucks downtown.
“Bicycle deliveries make the streets safer,” Vogel said.
Umm...Mary, microbrews come in kegs, you know.
Some of us are getting tired of the whole "Keep Portland Weird" thing. How about if we shoot for normal for a change?