It's in Portland's DNA. At least, the Portland City Council's. They held a few years of closed-door sessions with OHSU and the Usual Suspects: developers Dike Dame and Homer Williams, and voila! They took a contaminated riverfront property off the hands of all three, put the burden of cleanup onto taxpayers, and built a little park for the condo owners in the SoWhat South Waterfront district that features a 1/4-mile bike path that dead-ends at both ends. Total cost to the rest of us: $15.1 million.
They've got money for stuff like this, but if you want a pothole filled - well, we need a street tax to pay for doing that.