Happy Fall! We are getting back into the swing of regular meetings. I am scheduling the next one for Thursday, October 6th at 8 PM. Every two weeks may be too frequent but the idea is both are on different days so everyone can come to at least one. There is no need to come to a meeting to get involved. Everything official we discuss will be shared in the Discord and in this Newsletter so please weigh in if you have thoughts and can't make a meeting. We discussed and agreed on a few potential official stances in the last meeting. I will share them here and in the Discord and we can discuss them once more in the next meeting to make sure everyone has had a chance to weigh in!
Portland will look for public feedback on Eastern Prom food truck pilot program: Portland Press Herald Article on the Food Truck Survey
Workers want better, cheaper parking options in downtown Portland: Portland Press Herald Article about downtown workers having difficulty finding street parking
Editorial: Parking difficulties like this are inevitable when we design our city, and it's surrounding suburbs around the car. Downtown Portland is around 20% parking already, we will never build enough to keep up with the demand for parking cars require. Hopefully, we can work towards solutions to get people from place to place without devoting so much of our land to parking.
Countering capture in local politics: Evidence from eight field experiments: A Research Paper showing that mobilization of renters can be effective in combatting NIMBYs. 20,000 renter households were randomly assigned to receive emails that encouraged them to participate in city council meetings. The households subsequently provided 8% of total comments in meetings and 46% of pro-housing comments.
Crossing the Street Shouldn't Be Deadly (but it is): New Not Just Bikes video on crosswalk safety