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As many of you know, we regularly read comments from our blog posts on the air. We've decided to periodically highlight the best of the best on our Behind the Scenes blog. Here are some from this week, edited for length and clarity:
Having lived in downtown Portland since 1985, I have watched the rise and fall of my neighborhood. Empty stores that once provided services are gone and I would welcome the vibe and convenience of a Target in the area.
And Robert wrote:
The issue is not how the big box will look in our community, although that is important. The real question is whether or not it helps our economy. Walmart and others obtain most of their products overseas and they pay minimum wages. Is that the kid of economic development we want and need?
I am in the same situation as PFC Chelsea Wells and Sgt Miscovich here in the comment section. We have written contracts that we are being held accountable to, but the National Guard is not holding up their end of the deal.
I applaud the City for slowing the N. Williams project. I ride my bike on N. Williams about once a week and I think changes are necessary. But failing to address the interests and views of long time residents and business owners as well as motorists and cyclists is not in my interest as a cyclist. We need to get it right.
And Amar wrote:
As a West African who owns a home in the neighborhood and who bikes daily on Williams and Vancouver, I've seen the neighborhood changed drastically in the last 5 years for good and for bad. I like the idea of expanding the bike lane. I do not see a problem with cars being diverted to other streets which would make it safer for all.