Letters: Create a tiny-house village for homeless
Readers' letters, published August 2, 2016 -
Create a tiny-house village for homeless
The world moves fast, but if you peek into your archives, back on Oct. 9, 2015, you published an idea of mine regarding a funding solution for homelessness. Now, as I see the population of such folks multiplying, we could take some of that money and create a tiny-house village as a possible solution.
Eliminates the need for a large building, right? All we need is the land. The manufactured little homes could be hauled onto the site in a day.
Yes, the infrastructure would have to be in place. Wouldnt this simply be a speedy way to get people into housing without having to renovate an existing building? Surely, it would be. Once all the various agendas of politicians are set aside and people actually worked together, mountains could be moved.
Rules would definitely have to be in place, but I happen to be of the opinion that if you provide someone with something new, that person is most likely going to treat it with respect. Just set up a main lodge, if you will, with people to act as hosts, like in a wilderness campground. Computers, phones, a mail service and other needs could be offered to those folks without access to such technology. Food boxes could even be delivered to those who qualify.
Most people are inclined to follow majority rule, they want to be like others, so anyone tossing trash around would quickly get the hint. Self-policing, see.
The money is there. The tiny houses exist. There has to be land somewhere ... why not right now?
Mark L. Brown
Powell, not Division, a better commuting solution
There would be no Rapid in the Bus Rapid Transit Line (BRT) proposed for Southeast Division by TriMet and Metro (The Portland Tribune, July 26 article).
Still chasing federal grant money for their failed idea for rapid bus service to East Portland along Southeast Powell, TriMet and Metro planners, thinking deep inside their box, have hatched a plan to eliminate many bus stops along Division west of Southeast 82nd, thus depriving residents of inner Southeast the decent bus service they currently enjoy.
Seemingly oblivious to the monster apartment buildings along inner Division and commuters in the adjacent neighborhoods, TriMet and Metro seem to want to serve cars more than people. Their analyses that longer articulated buses (failures in the past), squeezed into this two-lane street, replete with bioswales, curb extensions and delivery trucks for the myriad new businesses on Division, is deeply flawed. It should also be mentioned that businesses who currently enjoy proximities to existing bus stops pay a hefty tax to TriMet for service. Are customers going to shop at your store when the bus carries them four blocks beyond your former convenient stop?
Dont like this tax? Find a better solution
Regarding the article Tax critics raise $5.2 million (July 14 Portland Tribune, online July 12): As an investment adviser of 35 years, I have to examine the pros and cons of every option. When analyzing financial options, any CPA will tell you about double-entry accounting: Every transaction has both a plus and minus bookkeeping effect.
The anti-IP28 folks are ignoring the equity side of the equation. Even if it were true (it isnt) that IP28 will cost each of us an extra $600 per year, will absolutely nothing be gained in exchange? For example, is education worthless? The answer is no.
The fact is, there are too many large corporate freeloaders enjoying all thats great about Oregon while shirking their share of the costs for that greatness.
Dont like IP28? Lets see a better, immediate solution.
Get back in the box
Weve got to think outside the box that was a recent quote from (Portland) Mayor Charlie Hales regarding the homeless. Unfortunately, that seems to be what hes been doing. I will say hes been creative, but its time for him to get back inside the box and wait for someone competent to clean up his mess. His disparate solutions are bankrupting the city.
Why not raise prices already?
If large (and often out-of-state) businesses could raise their prices 2.5 percent as the (Portland) Tribune says they will come the passage of Measure 97 (July 21 editorial) without losing market share, then why havent they
done so already?
Brian Allan Cobb
Oxbow Regional Park