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Peter G 
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Re: “Old Mill District Named as Finalist in Urban Land Institute 2016 Global Awards for Excellence

Does that 'careful restoration' include the unpermitted demolition of the Old Mill District's largest building, with not so much as a slap on the wrist for the crooks that razed it in the middle of the night? Does it include the construction of the gaudy Red Robin that's been devaluing the riverside for the last dozen years with its light and noise pollution, or the many other chains that have followed suit? Does it include the vast acreage of impervious surfaces for roads and parking spaces, most of which sit vacant most of the time? Does it include the utter absence of mobility options beyond single-occupancy vehicles? Does it include the construction of a wholly unnecessary bridge that forever altered the nature of what was once a river canyon? The only list this cash-grab development should be on is greediest and most exploitative.

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Posted by Peter G on 06/06/2016 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Pounding the Pavement

That's great. Former 'mayor' moves on to represent petroleum companies. And we're supposed to take what this jackass says seriously? I'm so tired of these dimwits claiming 'poor me'. These are the same voices that scream to slash funding every budget cycle (except for the development lobby, of course), and now they're "stunned" when there's no money in the till. And as for the petrol conglomerates, it's not like the public hasn't been covering your corporate welfare for 75 years.

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Posted by Peter G on 07/29/2015 at 4:00 PM

Re: “OPINION: Bulletin editorial ignores the facts about transgender youth

Great piece. I was going to say 'opinion piece', but this isn't opinion: it's fact. You've effectively rebutted all the Bulletin's lies, innuendo and insinuations and in the process exposed them, again, as the small-minded, insecure, unthinking assholes that they are. Cheers.

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Posted by Peter G on 07/22/2015 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Freedom Is Nothing Left To Lose

This law is ridiculous. A 'solution' in search of a problem. Very surprising that the normally sharp Jim Clinton and Sally Russell voted in favor of it. What a shock it would be if Bend is increasingly perceived as a 'community' of elitist whites. I'm so tired of business and property owners acting as judge and jury and blaming whomever they can, in this case ordinary citizens, for their lousy business plans, failed visions and self-focus. If justice is served these xenophobes will in time themselves be excluded from the mainstream.

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Posted by Peter G on 07/01/2015 at 4:51 PM

Re: “The Other Side of the Fence

I'm amused that the article commences with an apparently serious person saying 'I think tourism is a great thing, but not in my neighborhood'. Is this an Onion article? It goes on to cite a City Councilor invoking another tired cliche- also entirely devoid of reality- that 'people don't want to see Bend turn into the place they moved away from'. Oh, is that right? There's a documented exodus from Detroit or DC to Bend to get away from crime? Stop resorting to useless sound bites and take stock of what Bend actually is: a city of 85,000. Which means it's high time to start acting like one.

The sooner Bend ceases casting itself as a Shangri-La in which the oppressed seek refuge from 'city problems' the better. This is the mindset that equates a bus system with poverty, disabled access with 'not my problem' and any semblance of diversity with 'the sorts of people we don't want here'. I suspect the only reason people seem up in arms over the vacation rental issue is this: their goddamned property values.

Click over to the article on Bend's Social Justice Center. And make the connection.

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Posted by Peter G on 12/17/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Judge and Jury

Mr. Funke is correct, as ever. Jodie was appointed to replace Bill Friedman despite having lost a close race to Jeff Eager in November of 2008. It was one of the few collaborative moves we as a Council made in those days, and proved to be a good one, I dare say, in retrospect.

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Posted by Peter G on 11/30/2014 at 10:08 PM

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