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  •  But Fareless Square disapears (13+ / 0-)

    in September.

    TriMet faces a $17 million shortfall, mostly because of the economic downturn.

    Portland has, until September, a very popular
    fareless zone, which means you can ride the Streetcar or MAX for free Downtown. The original idea was to reduce cars downtown, and keep downtown vital. But come September all fares will be $2.50 good for two hours. Still a lot better than paying for parking though.

    Portland is a bit weird in that it is surprising how many people do not cross rivers. If you live on the West side, you don't cross the Willamette over to the East side and vice versa. People in Portland don't cross the Columbia to go to Vancouver. So the new East side Streetcar is actually kind of big in my opinion. Downtown will move over to the other side of the river.

    I am not sure what that means for my neighborhood, being just a little way up the hill. I like the eclectic mixes of music, restaurant and thrift stores. Rents will go up I fear, and we will lose some of the funkier places.

    It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. - Molly Ivins

    by se portland on Thu Mar 15, 2012 at 08:26:04 PM PDT

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