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2 Myth #1: Streetcars Boost Transit

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6 “The purposeful degradation of downtown-centered bus service in favor of goofball streetcars and trains to nowhere marks a real decline in mass transit in Portland.” Jack Bogdanski, law professor and popular blogger

7 Myth #2: Streetcars Stimulate Development

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10 “We have not seen any of the kind of development— of a mid-rise, higher- density, mixed-use, mixed- income type—that we would’ve liked to have seen” along the MAX line. —Mike Saba, Portland City Planner, 1996

11 “We are in the hottest real estate market in the country,” yet “most of those sites [along the MAX line] are still vacant.” —Charles Hales, City Commissioner, 1996

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14 Urban Renewal (TIF) Districts

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16 $288.6 $167.5 $233.9 $66.3 $165.0 $143.6 Urban Renewal (TIF) Districts (subsidies in millions)

17 “It is a myth to think that the market will take care of development along transit corridors.” —Charles Hales, City Commissioner, 1996

18 “The $55 million streetcar line has sparked more than $1.5 billion (and growing) in new development.” —Charles Hales, 2006, now with HDR

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20 “Urban rail transit investments rarely ‘create’ new growth, but more typically redistribute growth that would have taken place without the investment.” Cervero & Seskin, FTA Report #TCRP- 7

21 Myth #3: Portland TODs Are Successful

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36 Myth #4: Streetcars Are Affordable

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40 “Who needs police precincts and housing inspectors in times like these, anyway?” Jack Bogdanski, law professor and bojack.org blogger

41 Myth #5: Portland Has Great Restaurants

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47 For more information: Web sites: ti.org/antiplanner cato.org/policyanalysis americandreamcoalition.or g


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