Comment 57329

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted January 21, 2011 at 10:52:46

Oh Portland. North America's best and worst example of New Urbanism. Problem is, they have so much more than LRT (a firm urban boundary, building height restrictions etc) that it's very hard to tell what's going on from any cursory look at a few key numbers.

All this talk about cost and debt reminds me of an old quote from an American politician. He stated that originally he'd been dead-set against the mass transit system proposed for his city because "for that price, you could buy everybody a Buick". Decades later, he confessed that "it's a little more like buying everybody a Buick that lasts for thirty or forty years". Really wish I still had that source.

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