The following links below are from two different papers The Oregonian and The World. The first article demonstrates the folly of city planners and the willingness of politicians to repeat their mistakes. The Second article is plans by the city of Coos Bay to make those same mistakes made by city planners in Portland. Please read the comments when you are reading the article on the paper’s webpage. People are starting to get it. They are starting to realize that Tax Increment Financing and Urban Renewal is a tool used by politicians to take money from the poor and give it to the rich, and that is how government makes the rich, richer and the poor, poorer……Rob T.
Portland study targets neighborhoods next up for gentrification
The men and women who pushed urban renewal in the 1980s and '90s now say they should have known better.
They should have known that government-sponsored revitalization in North and Northeast Portland would push long-time working-class and African-American residents to far-flung neighborhoods that lacked parks, sidewalks, paved streets and other basic services.
Planners and politicians did a lot of guessing, and some of the adverse unintended consequences of gentrification took them by surprise. Today, nobody can claim ignorance. So Portland leaders are trying to do a better job predicting where neighborhood improvement risks pricing out anyone who isn't white, well-educated and wealthy.
Coos Bay maps out plan for downtown prosperity
COOS BAY — To paraphrase a famous quote from the film “Field of Dreams”: If you show them where you are, they will come.
The Coos Bay Downtown Association believes that statement to be true and is taking steps to prove it through a new project.
In May, the organization brought its plan to the Urban Renewal Agency. It calls for the installation of a way-finding sign at the Visitor Information Center on U.S. Highway 101 and two information kiosks near downtown. The City Council took up the plan at their meeting this week.
Urban Renewal---Oregon schools could recoup money
Bandon---Combine Private Public Partnership w/ Urban Renewal and you get cheese...
Urban Renewal---Tax fight aims at PSU renewal district
Urban Renewal Money in the hands of the Politicians
B-Corporations: The Redefining of what it means to be a Corporation
Cities are using Monopoly Utilities to Game the System
Action Alert:---State Legislation SB 478
The Federalization of Local Urban Renewal Agencies
Urban Ledger: Albany's Obligations and relying on Tax Increment Financing
Measures Would keep voters Involved and help control "Economic Fascism"
Update: Lake Oswego council could repeal Foothills urban renewal district:
Possible Nike site could be added to Enterprise Zone next week
Urban Renewal gone bad---read the stories
Coos Bay---New Information added to the Visitor's Center page...
Coos Bay---What's a measly $120,000 to $180,000 over 6 years, eh?
Coos Bay---Just a "Slight" Conflict of Interest Here. Or did ANYONE notice?
Coos Bay---Padding City of Coos Bay Salaries With Urban Renewal Tax Dollars
See the Cash Cow of Coos Bay----Hear it eat your money---The Coos Bay URA