Envisioning a low-car future, Streetcar's latest gambit is in his new proposed ordinance banning drive-thrus around the city. No, he's not demanding that existing facilities be shut down, but he wants to outlaw any new ones (and of course, modifying an older one would make that "new" as well). This isn't a big deal; ride your bicycle or walk!
Never mind that for disabled people and seniors who have trouble walking it actually is a big deal.
"People over the age of 65 in Oregon are three times more likely than any other population to get hit and killed by a car," says Noel Mickelberry, executive director of Oregon Walks. "They're more likely to be walking, and if they're hit, it's more often fatal. That is the reality for many older adults and people with disabilities."
Um, maybe that's why they'd prefer to stay in their cars, Noel. Yeah, you make bank by pushing people to walk, on the one hand - and on the other, you admit that seniors who follow your dream are putting themselves in danger. You can't have it both ways, honey.
"Drive-thrus are a poor use of land as we grow," says Camille Trummer, a policy adviser in the mayor's office. "You could support so many more jobs by having more available prime office space."
Sure! Prime office space! There's the ticket! Because, you know, everybody works in an office. By that logic, auto shops are a poor use of land.
Hey, Camille - how much land in Oregon is developed? Oh, and where did you come from? 'Cause I don't think you're from around here.