I’m a Cyclist, Now Where’s My Damn Tax Break?

Note: this article was originally published on February 19, 2013 for Mismanaging Perception. The list of bias and hostility that many motorists project towards the cycling community seems to never end.  If it weren’t bad enough that those who choose to commute via bicycle have to contend with risking our lives amid a sea of… Continue reading I’m a Cyclist, Now Where’s My Damn Tax Break?

Ghosts Under the Freeway

This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. In the last several months since Oregon governor John Kitzhaber declared that “now is the time” to build the 12 lane, 5 mile long Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion, most of the myths proponents have been pushing have been debunked by the press.  Even more, accusations of… Continue reading Ghosts Under the Freeway

Capitalism Getting You Down? Then Ride Your Fucking Bike.

This article was originally printed in the Portland Radicle volume #8. The Earth is dying and our societal sense of self along with it. We have an ever growing human population and ever diminishing resources. We don’t need smart growth, we need smart decline. We don’t need the pursuit of wealth, we need an economy… Continue reading Capitalism Getting You Down? Then Ride Your Fucking Bike.

Charlie Hales: CRC Lobbyist

This article was originally published on Blue Oregon. Another week, another 180° change of policy coming out of the mayors office.  Like many Portlanders who supported Charlie Hales’ opponent in the election, I committed to giving Charlie the benefit of the doubt as he took office.  I was even excited when reports that his alleged… Continue reading Charlie Hales: CRC Lobbyist

IT’S THE FALSE DICHOTOMY, STUPID!

This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. “In 1980, whale watching surpassed whaling as an industry. Now it’s worth about four times as much. Whale watching provides far, far more jobs to people than whaling ever did.” ~ Paul Watson The argument goes something like this: ‘We recognize that the planet is dying, but… Continue reading IT’S THE FALSE DICHOTOMY, STUPID!

Slaughter the Freeways: A Radical Livable Streets Movement

This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. Where Are the Slayers of the Mt. Hood Freeway Today? In the 1960s in Portland, Oregon the proposed Mt Hood Freeway was a done deal. By 1972 the plan for the freeway had perished. In 1967 the city proposed making the Harbor Drive highway even wider. Several… Continue reading Slaughter the Freeways: A Radical Livable Streets Movement