Thanks to Rebecca & Karl for pulling it together for some spontaneous video interviews. It was fun putting together the prototype of this parklet with other people’s detritus.
Thank you for taking the time to review the proposed Columbia River Crossing.
Since no one sitting on this independent review panel lives in Oregon, I wanted to share some thoughts about why this project is not consistent with our region’s values of smart growth, good planning, and sustainable forms of construction and transportation.
1) We already know that building capacity does not solve congestion. In fact, it invites more SOV use, which leads to more congestion. The only way to handle the current congestion is to promote and support alternative ways to get across the river. Such solution would include but not limited to bus rapid transit, light rail, good bike and pedestrian pathways, and a tiered tolling system that would reward commuters for traveling during non-peak hours.
2) Tearing down a good bridge to build a brand new one is an affront to our local culture. We do not throw things out in Portland, we reuse them whenever possible. If we want to build a new bridge, it should be to the benefit of local access, mass transit and active transportation, not for an interstate highway. If there are seismic issues with the current bridge, we should repair them. Nothing I’ve read indicates that a replacement is necessary.
3) There will be a negative impact on our region’s environmental and sustainability goals if the proposed 10-12 lane bridge is constructed. Affirmations from the CRC organization that reduced idling will somehow outweigh the overall carbon footprint of thousands of new SOV crossings a day is absolutely false. That sort of arithmetic error demonstrates the CRC organization’s poor grasp of the serious environmental costs this bridge would have on our region and our world.
4) The proposed bridge would not properly accommodate those who are walking and biking. Portland recently passed the Bike Master Plan for 2030, which commits the city to building a world-class bicycle network. The pathways of the proposed new CRC would be an improvement over the current network, but do not go far enough to allow the proper safety and enjoyment of those users who wish to experience the Columbia River Crossing by foot. We can do better.
5) We cannot afford this bridge, when there are other, higher-priority local projects that require necessary funding. Let’s fix the current bridge and move on to more important local projects.
There is absolutely no consensus on this bridge, and the the process for public input is severely lacking, if not appalling. There is no way this bridge can be built within the current framework for public input.
In Oregon, if we’re going to build something, we want to make sure it’s the right thing to do. The new bridge is not what we want, it’s as simple as that.
BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.
These instructions have produced excellent Pinto beans from scratch. They taste a lot better than the canned stuff, more affordable too.
beans double in size
- rinse beans
- cover with water in pan 3″ over top of beans
- bring to boil
- reduce, simmer for 10-15mins
- let sit for 1 hour with lid on
- pour out water
- cover beans with fresh water 1″ over top of beans
- simmer beans for 4 hours, ensure they have enough water always
I’m going to try this on black eyed peas now, hopefully it translates well.
I’m speechless after watching this.
Imagine if more videos like this were made public? Thank you, WikiLeaks.
Thank you for recently allowing additional bikes on your trains. Connecting your bike trips with regional rail is essential for building a sustainable transit network in the Philadelphia region.
I’m dissappointed that SEPTA now forbids bikes on the R1 line, and I suggest that SEPTA approach the challenge of accommodating large bags and bikes on the same train in a creative way.
I’m not sure the R1 works as well as it could. It’s still pretty awkard lugging your bags around, up to the top rack, etc. “But, I’ve got these these bags..” is one of the biggest excuses folks use to avoid using transit and instead drive or taxi to the airport. It would be nice for SEPTA to innovate a little here and designate a special space for large bags, bikes, strollers, etc. aboard the R1 line.
I’d like SEPTA to consider this: How do you make this connection as easy and comfortable as possible, considering there is a large transportation hub (PHL) at the end of the line?
If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.