MAX at 30: Portland Transit Needs a New Plan

By John A. Charles, Jr. September 5 marked the official 30th anniversary of the opening of TriMet’s light rail system. Like many Portland residents, I took a free ride that day and felt that this was a big step forward … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , | 5 Comments

Repeating Mistakes Is Not a Housing Strategy

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has approved a plan for the Housing Bureau to lease industrial land in North Portland for $10,000 per month, beginning October 7. The site is to be used for the construction … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Spending, Health & Human Services, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged | 12 Comments

Portland Schools Need More Than a New Superintendent

By John A. Charles, Jr. Portland school superintendent Carole Smith announced her resignation this week after nine years on the job. The next steps are predictable: The school board will conduct a national search for a successor and eventually sign … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Children, Education, Ethics, Portland, Portland Schools | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Full Employment Act of 2016: Dealing with Cheats

I like to think of myself as a rational human being. But there are a few things that drive me to irrationality simply by their frequency, duration, and in-your-face public display. In this case we are talking about the abuse … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Employment, Government Abuse, Liberalism, Portland, Progressivism, Satire | 5 Comments

Portland’s Springwater Trail has become dangerous

by Jeff Anderson A couple of years ago, this would have made me angry. Not anymore. For years I would ride my bike on the Springwater Trail. This was a great trail to ride, walk or jog.

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Portland | 12 Comments

TriMet’s Edifice Complex

By John A. Charles, Jr. Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses. Over in … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Portland Chases Another Dream

By John A. Charles, Jr. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced last week that Portland is one of seven cities still in the running for a $50 million grant as part of DOT’s “Smart Cities” challenge. Portland is proposing to build … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Waste, Political Correctness, Portland, Portland Politics, Progressivism, Transportation | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

By Bobbie Jager  On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Portland Schools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Remember Occupy Portland in 2011?

by NW Spotlight Remember when thousands of protesters back in 2011 marched in Portland? Protesters who on the first day marched into Pioneer Courthouse Square chanting “Whose square? Our square!” The protests were joined by labor unions and were held … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Occupy Wall Street, Portland | 15 Comments

The Futility of Public Hearings

By John A. Charles, Jr. Over the past four years, TriMet and Metro have been planning something called the SW Corridor Project. Metro describes it as a multi-modal project featuring new transit capacity, local street improvements, and enhancements to trails, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transparency, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

Portland Worries About Homelessness, While Metro Makes Housing Less Affordable

By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council has decided to allocate $20 million to solve a perceived crisis with “homelessness” and another $67 million to subsidize “affordable housing.” As usual with Portland spending, these numbers were pulled out … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Housing, Land Use Laws, Metro, Portland, Portland Politics | Tagged , , , , | 9 Comments

Is TriMet Better Off Than Greece?

By John A. Charles, Jr. Syndicated financial writer Malcolm Berko recently advised a small investor to stay away from Greek bonds or securities. He wrote, “Greece has morphed into a bureaucratic five-star welfare state; but in reality, Greece is a … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Local Taxes, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes, Transparency, TriMet, Unions | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

The Extinction of Public Transit

By Emma Newman Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

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