• Austerity

    The CRC: Another Dead Freeway

    by  • June 30, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Hart, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 10 Comments


    As I begin writing this, Saturday night, June 29th, 2013, news of the death of the Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion has just been published. Just hours ago the Portland Tribune broke the story: CRC champion and Oregon governor John Kitzhaber had admitted defeat, declaring the decade long project that has already wasted $170 million...

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    From Resilience to #Blockupy and Back Again

    by  • June 26, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments


    At the beginning of June, I found myself in Germany. The formal purpose of the trip was to attend a congress in Bonn called Resilient Cities, which, since 2010, annually brings together a wide swath of important people — city officials, academics, members of state & international regulatory and financing apparatuses, non-profits, non-governmental organizations,...

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    The Rights of Cities

    by  • June 17, 2013 • Austerity, Hart, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities • 0 Comments


    This article was originally published on Rebel Metropolis. Editors note: This is my first piece for Rebel Metropolis, a new writing endeavor of mine that will chronicle the ongoing struggles of people to protect urban space and wilderness, the current bicycle resurgence against capitalist car culture, and the Right to the City movement.  I look...

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    Portland Public Schools Target Teachers

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Austerity, Guest, Rebel Portland, The Shaming Room • 0 Comments

    Photo Credit: Nicole Dungca/The Oregonian

    By Portland Teacher (writing anonymously out of fear of reprisal) Just months after angry parents, students, and teachers forced Portland Public Schools (PPS) officials to back down from closing several neighborhood schools, PPS has found a new target: teachers. Negotiations between the school district and Portland Association of Teachers (PAT) began this month with...

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    “Austerity is Insane”

    by  • April 12, 2013 • Austerity, Nicholas, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland • 1 Comment


    Last night, the City of Portland held budget hearings at Montgomery Park. Several hundred people attended; so many that testimony had to be limited to a minute. There was incredible energy in the room and impassioned testimony by community members highlighted the programs that will be severely impacted if cuts proceed as expected. One person in...

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    VELOPROVO Launches, Car Culture Trembles.

    by  • April 1, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Hart, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland • 4 Comments


    Monday, April 1st, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Sunday saw the inaugural launch of a new league of tactical urbanists calling themselves VELOPROVO.  Expanded from the Dutch word for ‘provocateur’, the group has formed in response to big money interests pushing auto-centric infrastructure, and due to the  ineffectiveness of compromised “nonprofit” franchises who no longer...

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    Bicycle Brigade Raid On Portland’s Worst Polluters

    by  • March 18, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Hart, No Coal, Rebel Cities, Rebel Portland, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 18 Comments


    March 18, 2013 • Portland, Oregon Today’s Tar Sands Blockade solidarity action consisted of some 60 cyclists touring the offices and headquarters of Portland’s worst polluters. While often lauded by the likes of the New York Times as being a bastion of sustainability and forward thinking green politics, Portland houses some of the most ecologically...

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    Ghosts Under the Freeway

    by  • March 9, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Hart, Sustainable Cities, The Shaming Room • 4 Comments


    In the last several months since Oregon governor John Kitzhaber declared that “now is the time” to build the 12 lane, 5 mile long Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion, most of the myths proponents have been pushing have been debunked by the press.  Even more, accusations of ethics violations and the corrupt politics that...

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    Truce: An End to the Car-Bike Wars

    by  • February 26, 2013 • Austerity, Columbia River Crossing, Lisa Marie, Sustainable Cities • 1 Comment

    Better options, better quality of life for everyone. It's time to work together.

    Article originally posted on BlueOregon.com They’re aggressive, sometimes dangerously so, and destroy our air quality, communities, and planet. They’re in the way, run stop signs, and ride without regard for others on the road. Regardless of which trench (or, god forbid, in the inhospitable in-between of No Man’s Land) you find yourself, you’re likely...

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