Does Portland's Transit System Only Serve Those In Power?

<p>This column from <em>The Portland Tribune</em> chews out the city's "light-rail mafia" and claims that the only people benefiting from Portland's elaborate transit plans are the power players making the decisions and their developer friends.</p>
September 12, 2007, 9am PDT | Nate Berg
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"When you get right down to it, just who do all these expensive light-rail lines, aerial trams, high-rise condo developments and proposed convention-center hotels really benefit?"

"If you want to know the answer to that, as good of a place as any to start is a new book by local antiplanning guru Randal O'Toole called 'The Best-Laid Plans.'"

"As O'Toole sees it, the whole planning process has been taken over by a 'light-rail mafia' – which has managed 'to direct rail construction contracts and urban-renewal subsidies to themselves.'"

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Published on Tuesday, September 11, 2007 in The Portland Tribune
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