NO NEIGHBORHOOD LEFT BEHIND
All Portlanders deserve a home with a grocery store nearby, easily accessible and free/low-cost public transportation, sidewalks to walk your dog, and green spaces that provide recreation and relief on warm days. These amenities are crucial to making every neighborhood in this city the pride of its residents.
East of 82nd Avenue
Just as low-income and working class people have been ignored by business-as-usual politics at the national level, Portland’s communities have experienced this same neglect from City Hall–especially east of 82nd Avenue. Efforts from current City Council members to bring parks and some services to Southeast Portland are too little too late.
Portlanders deserve real leadership from city officials who know what it’s like to live paycheck-to-paycheck in this city. As a resident living east of 82nd Avenue, I experience daily our community’s few sidewalks, inadequate lighting, unpaved roads, poor transit options, and dangerous streets for pedestrians and cyclists. We must add sidewalks, improve roads, and add North/South bus routes in East Portland.
“Portlanders deserve real leadership from city officials who know what it’s like to live paycheck-to-paycheck in this city.”
– Julia DeGraw
We must make public transit more convenient for more people to increase ridership. We need more bus routes, especially in East Portland. Dedicated bus lanes and signal priority can help decrease wait times and get buses out from behind automobile traffic.
Major arteries can be death traps for pedestrians and cyclists. Let’s transfer control of state-run Powell Boulevard and 82nd Avenue to city authority, so we can pool city and state budgets and make necessary improvements such as sidewalks and crosswalks.
Better transit doesn’t have to be the harbinger of more displacement and gentrification. Transit bonds should include funds and regulations which prevent current residents from being displaced.
Municipal services must remain affordable. Plans to build a new water filtration plant must include rate protections for residents on low or fixed incomes.