Thursday, February 26, 2009

Needing Answers

To: Mayor Sam Adams
Subject: Yesterday's CRC Vote

Hi Sam,

I'm writing concerning yesterday's city council vote for the 12-lane CRC option-- it's important that you're aware how this vote sits with your supporters. We counted on you to represent the city of Portland's sustainability priorities in this project, and we felt assured that you would fight for what you've advocated up to this point: the smallest possible bridge. Why did you change your position? The city needs you to be the mayor we elected, who will fight to continue the momentum you helped to generate of building a transportation infrastructure that does not worship at the altar of the automobile.

You told me on Sunday that you love Portland and its people, but this monster bridge does not bode well for the future livability of our city. Your supporters need some definitive and focused reassurance that what you've voted for is in keeping with your sustainable agenda and that we're not selling out to large business interests.

I look forward to your response.

Hollie Teal


  1. Here's your (vague and grammatically erroneous) answer:

  2. I saw that and thought: "so we're done focusing our resources to promote alternative transportation and now we're back to adding more fucking freeways?"

    When has adding more freeway capacity ever improved livability or decreased carbon footprint? And where does anyone mention anything about bike/ped lanes on the new CRC? Why hasn't he said anything about how miserable the current bike/ped crossing is and how a big focus for the new bridge will be on wide, safe bike/ped paths?

  3. It's almost as if Sam would say anything just to get elected.

    Thank Allah that he hasn't done that before. We need to give him a free pass on this one, but let's hold him accountable the next time.