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Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon
“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector:
the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown
Former Metro Planning Director: Planners are Fascists
For years some people have been accusing planners of being fascists, socialists,
and/or communists. Now we have a professional planners saying it!
Here is exactly what former Metro Planning Director, Rich Carson, wrote about planners:
No, they are not all terrorists. But they do make pretty good communists and fascists.
Planners want organization and for all things to be predictable. The profession came
into being in the 1960s. So they tend to believe in the issues spawned in the day.
They are environmental socialists. In other words, they believe in collective environmentalism
(Gore) and not individual environmentalism.”
Mayor Sam Adams said about this incident that "This is a city and a state that prides
itself on, you know, clean government." That is not true. These people are morally
bankrupt ideologues. To say they are socialists would be to underestimate them. I
am fine with socialists and capitalists. These people are fascists. They force you
to do their bidding.
Richard Carson is a doctorate student at Washington State University. He is a former
planning director for METRO that planned for the 1.5 million people, 25 cities and
three counties in the Portland region. He is a former planning manager for the state
of Oregon, Metro, Oregon City and Clark County Washington.
Richard Carson is a Pacific Northwest writer, practicing planner, and doctorate student
at Washington State University. A collection of his essays are on the web at www.carsonessays.org.
More Richard Carson
Jane Jacobs, in The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), says that using
persons-per-acre is a “statistical monstrosity” because it masks the real problem
of overcrowding. She argues that higher density is really overcrowding — or too many
people in a space — and the real culprit destroying urban livability.
According to a recent Oregonian story (Watering Can for Startups – September 16,
2012) the state of Oregon, and the cities of Portland and Hillsboro “granted outright”
over $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars to the Portland Seed Fund. That means the money
was given to a private entity with no expectation of any money being paid back.
A major nationwide study done by these professors from Dublin City University and
the University of California (Social Interaction and Urban Sprawl, CESifo Working
Paper Series No. 1843, November 2006) – of some 15,000 individuals in average urbanized-area
and MSA (metropolitan statistical areas) populations – finds that:
“The frequency of interaction with neighbors is lower in high-density census
“That residents living in dense census tracts have fewer confidants.”
“High tract density reduces the number of friends.”
“Interactive individuals sacrifice something by locating in dense tracts.”
“Membership in hobby-oriented club is less likely [in low-density tracts].”
“Group involvement tends to be weaker [in low-density tracts].”
The statistical revelation behind all of these findings is that for every 10% increase
in density, there is a 10% decrease in socialization. That’s a simple, one-to-one
inverse relationship that everyone can understand
At $62 million, the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center is one the most expensive
environmental boondoggles that Oregon has seen to date. And that is saying a lot
considering the city of Portland is already the land of some of the most stunningly
stupid environmental policies in America.
The power grid will be gone for weeks. You will now be living off the grid. Hopefully,
this event this will happen in warm weather. Otherwise you will need a power generator
to survive the frigid cold. In my case we are talking about a propane powered generator.
In the middle of winter, in the Pacific Northwest, you may simply starve or freeze
You will need food. The estimate is that such an event will shut down commerce and
transportation for about 30 days. That means you won’t have water or food for that
I moved out of Oregon and California because I found both to be socially-engineered
manic states. As in a state-of-mind and political dysfunctionality. I spend 30 years
as a government manager at the state, regional, county and city level. I worked for
two governors as a policy analyst. I helped put in place some of the most amazing
(good and bad) social agendas in the last two decades.