Here we go again. Vera Katz, in her last hurrah to establish her legacy before leaving office, has again enlisted the help of the rip off developer Homer Williams to perform a new urban renewal miracle: the South Macadam development project. Her Honor assures us that this development will create thousands of new jobs and pull Portland out of it's economic slump.
The actual agenda of Katz, Williams and all their co-conspirators in City Hall is crystalline.
Knock down the "blighted" neighborhoods that may still have some affordable housing and build expensive condos for their well connected friends.
In return for the fat campaign contributions from those well connected friends, move them into million dollar properties that are conveniently taken off the property tax rolls.
But in an effort to maintain a caring, liberal front they'll throw in a few low income units or allow the displaced persons to pitch a tent in dignity village.
The west side elitists in this city are sucking the blood of every working person in this city and they've been doing it for years. They put on a good front with their birkenstocks, "diversity" programs and seemingly liberal politics, but the fact is they are lining their pockets and the pockets of their friends at the expense of all of us.
The Zidell and Schnitzer families, who own most of the property in question, put forward their own development plan years ago. The property would have been developed at their expense, not at ours. But the City didn't like the plan. It didn't fit Portland's image. It didn't fit Portland's view of sustainability.
Again, I say baloney.
What it really didn't do was fatten the bank accounts of Vera, Homer and all their fat cat friends.
We need to stop the South Macadam.