Saturday, January 7, 2012

Is Portland Paving the Way for Lake Oswego Again?

To all COLA LO Members,

This week Portland announced it is considering a budget cut that would eliminate street paving for five years.    Bloggers and online comments are very critical of the direction of spending and funding claiming that funds are directed to non-core areas while the streets deteriorate.   

Its been a long term complaint according to the online comments.   Residents in Portland claim too much money has been spent on alternative transportation projects and not city streets.   It is an ongoing debate within both Portland and now Lake Oswego. 

Once again it appears that Portland is an example of the outcomes when specific policies are followed.    Streets were the top concern in a recent survey of LO residents by the city, not the streetcar project as directed by the current city administration.     The direction and the outcome seem to be very clear to residents but not necessarily the city council.  

The article can be found at:    Eliminate Road Paving

Online blog comments can be found at:   Outrage over Streets

There is more to come on this issue and we suspect it will apply to LO as well given the current priorities and direction.   Please notify all members, contacts and friends..

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