"First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win." ~Mahatma Gandhi
I've been wondering what will happen to the employee parking lots on the west side of 17th Ave? Any potential replacement will most likely be eliminated to "cut costs". Guess who gets screwed again?
Not only that, but wetlands located between McLoughlin and the UP mainline south of Brooklyn Yard - wetlands that the community fought tooth and nail against Southern Pacific for neglecting, and that Union Pacific in an effort to be kind to the community restored, will be plowed over and forever lost due to the bulldozers that have TriMet written all over them.But, the environmentalists in favor of light rail will say that they weren't needed...that's why the environmentalists that fought for the wetlands fought for so many years for them.
When I attended some of the workshops/open houses a few years ago, it was mentioned that yes the employee parking lots are going away.Anyone else know what else is going away along 17th? Businesses and jobs! At one, a business owner said that if his business stayed put that yes his employees would probably want to use the train. However, he quickly mentioned afterward that he would probably get an offer he couldn't refuse for his property, and he'd probably move his business out to someplace with cheap industrial land like Boring. And we now know that Boring wants out of TriMet (can't say I don't blame them). So, established industrial businesses already located along transit routes (Brooklyn is serviced better by TriMet bus service than one light rail route ever could) already providing jobs are most likely going to be displaced for more hypothetical jobs pouring coffee. Just something to remember when TriMet staff and consultants claim that expanding MAX is about economic development and growth.People wonder why I "claim" that TriMet doesn't provide the service necessary for economic recovery.
No the center st. employee parking lot isn't going away; it's just being cut in half, and then the maintenance shed next door is going to be torn down / cut in half, and turned into another sliver of parking lot.Overall it still may be a net decrease in employee parking, though.
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