- If the grant is denied, then they have cover for the despoliation of the adjacent districts.
- If the grant is approved, it provides cover and implied consent for moving forward with the bridge.
On Tuesday (not Monday because of Memorial Day), Council will consider a TGM grant application for the Third Bridge.
The report is interesting, as you'd expect.
But it's also disheartening to read the double-speak: "Emphasis will be placed on livability improvements, including active transportation choices within the Bridge Districts." This is nonsense. The biggest livability improvement, of course, comes from not building the giant bridge and highway.
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Additionally, we have seen many times, solely considered for people on foot and on bike and even on bus, the giant bridge and highway drastically diminishes system connectivity:
A partnership between the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM) supports community efforts to expand transportation choices for people. By linking land use and transportation planning, TGM works in partnership with local governments to create vibrant, livable places in which people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go.If we linked land-use and transportation planning, if we really cared about "vibrant, livable places," we wouldn't be planning for this giant bridge and highway!
The appropriate subject for a TGM grant is how to avoid a giant bridge and highway.
In other words, as we pointed out earlier this week, 1) the TGM program is designed to create solutions in earlier stages of growth that eliminate the need for giant bridges and highways in later stages, and 2) A back-filled "mitigation" for a giant bridge and highway is antithetical to the stated aims of the TGM program.
This is a lousy grant application.
Consider writing Council to let them know.
(In fairness, there are two TGM grant applications. The other one looks terrific, and will be discussed in very positive terms over the weekend in the second post on the Council agenda.)