Road Worriers

City officials are pitching a new street fee by claiming Portland’s roads are getting more dangerous. Numbers show otherwise.


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To hear Mayor Charlie Hales and other city officials tell it, the streets of Portland are getting deadlier every day. Driving is more dangerous. Pedestrians face bigger risks. Bicyclists have to s   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON MESH

Hales Says New Taxes for Walking Safety Could Be on November Ballot

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Mayor Charlie Hales has responded to calls for increased walking safety in East Portland by saying he’s focused on finding new taxes and fees to fund streets and sidewalks. His office says a new fee plan, pushed by Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, could be on the November ballot. “That’s likely to go to voters this year,” says Hales spokesman Dana Haynes. “And that’s a real, long-term ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Advocates Demand City Hall Response to East Portland Walking Deaths

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The deaths of two people crossing streets in East Portland this weekend have sparked a renewed campaign pressuring City Hall to spend more money on walking safety. Pedestrian advocacy group Oregon Walks launched a petition this morning demanding Portland leaders, including Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick, commit to "Vision Zero"—a policy of street-safety investments designed ...   More
 
Monday, February 17, 2014 AARON MESH

Inmate Work Crews Won't Pick Up Hypodermic Needles Left Behind at Sidewalk Campsites

And a city union wants Portland to stop using prison labor.

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Mayor Charlie Hales keeps hitting roadblocks with the Multnomah County inmate crews clearing out homeless camps on the sidewalks. WW reported in this morning's Murmurs that the inmate work crews forced to clean up city sidewalks after Hales’ sweep of the homeless have balked at picking up hypodermic needles left behind by drug addicts. Documents obtained by WW through a public records request show ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Sidewalk Sweep Could Extend to Lents, Hales Says

Crackdown moves into Buckman, as Saltzman says housing not the issue.

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UPDATE, 1:44 pm: City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau, says he and Mayor Charlie Hales are having "discussions" about how the sidewalk sweep is being conducted."I talked with the Mayor last week," Novick writes WW, "and I agreed that people can't use the public sidewalks as their personal property. We're having ongoing discussions about the details of his plan."ORIGINAL ...   More
 
Friday, August 9, 2013 AARON MESH

Here's One of the Camping Citations Police Are Using to Sweep Out Homeless in Three City Quadrants

UPDATE: Police make five arrests in sidewalk sweep

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Portland Police are issuing citations and making arrests in at least three quadrants of the city today, extending their sidewalk sweep of homeless camps well beyond downtown and its aggressive street kids.Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson confirms officers are enforcing the city's sporadically used camping ban in at least three quadrants of the city—Southwest, Northwest and Southeast. UPDATE, ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Fagan Gets Funding for Sidewalk Planning on Outer Powell Boulevard

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Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-East Portland) didn't settle for funding sidewalks on Southeast 136th Avenue.As WW first reported this morning in Murmurs, Fagan not only secured $3.6 million in state money to design sidewalks and crosswalks on 136th Avenue—where 5-year-old Morgan Maynard-Cook was killed by a car in February—she also landed money to design sidewalks, crosswalks and lane widening on Southeast ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Oregon Legislature Passes $3.6 Million in Sidewalk Funding for East Portland Road Where Child Was Killed

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Rep. Shemia Fagan (D-East Portland) has pledged since March to find state funding to build sidewalks and pedestrian crosswalks for a stretch of Southeast 136th Avenue where a 5-year-old girl was killed by a car.On the final day of the state legislative session, she got it. House Bill 2322, passed by the Oregon Legislature one hour before the session ended, provides $3.6 million from the Oregon capital ...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 AARON MESH

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