The Meme War that Killed the CRC

The Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion has been slayed, there should be little doubt about this fact. Recent media hype over a potential re-animation of the nightmare project is just that: hype. It’s been speculated the moment that governor John Kitzhaber declared dead the $4-10 billion dollar freeway & light rail mega-project, Oregon AFL-CIO president Tom… Continue reading The Meme War that Killed the CRC

Rebels, Resisters, and the Condominium Revolt

Kevin Keating walked the streets of San Francisco wheat-pasting posters urging vandalism against ‘yuppie’ infrastructure infesting the Mission district some 15 years ago. Alise Munson floated balloons 85 feet in the air to illustrate the height of a proposed 8-story condominium on N. Williams Ave. in Portland earlier this summer. While their tactics obviously differ, their target… Continue reading Rebels, Resisters, and the Condominium Revolt

My Response to a Cascade Policy Institute ‘Outsider’ Take on Portland.

I was recently asked for feedback by a self-described “conservative libertarian” colleague of mine on a guest op-ed for the right-leaning Cascade Policy Institute (CPI). Happily, I agreed, delving into the piece, and replyied on the article itself (which may still be pending moderation). The op-ed was penned by John Glennon, a research associate at CPI. Like… Continue reading My Response to a Cascade Policy Institute ‘Outsider’ Take on Portland.

Cycling Past the Grave of the CRC.

Pedalpalooza is over in Portland for the year. All the corking and fire and mayhem and drinking camaraderie was as enjoyable as ever. It’s always a bit disheartening when Pedalpalooza ends, largely because you don’t want the fun to stop. The other downside is returning to the drudgery of common life and the realizations that… Continue reading Cycling Past the Grave of the CRC.

Social Inertia and the Clitoral Mass Movement

A cycling renaissance is taking place throughout North America and across the globe. One need only do a search on Instagram for ‘bikes’ or ‘fixie’ to find limitless images of young urbanites the world over connecting with one another while utilizing cycles as part of their daily social routine. Automobiles are on the decline, as cars… Continue reading Social Inertia and the Clitoral Mass Movement

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?

The Rights of Cities

What is the Right to the City movement?  Where did it come from?  Where is it going?  Who are the actors and organizers sculpting this new social structure?  In asking these questions and studying their answers, it’s impossible to not recognize one’s own role in this current wave of civil unrest across the globe.  If… Continue reading The Rights of Cities

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

No More Excuses. You Are Traffic.

If you’re reading this, that means spring has sprung and bike-fests like Pedalpalooza are just weeks away. As a lover of the Earth and all things fun, it is your ecological duty to pull your bike out of storage and get it tuned up.  It’s time to ride. But come next next fall, you’re not going to put… Continue reading No More Excuses. You Are Traffic.

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.