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Portland is a PR machine for light rail & streetcar

Here are Some Facts About Portland Oregon          

“It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost IS the benefit.” - author unknown





How Planners Trick You


Did You Know:


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The City's plan


The city's plan is pretty much the same throughout the whole city:



What they don't mention


The tradeoffs



The Cost


They never mention costs. Street "improvements" are very expensive and money might be better spent:



Fight the Tricks


They don't tell you about the process, so you are always disoriented. Here it is:



Know the enemy


It is not unusual to have far more city people, than neighborhood people in meetings. Always ask: "How many people here work for the City or a company that does business with the city". These are the people who will advance the city's agenda by mentioning things that the residents don't want. This is a very important item - don't let then fool you.


The usual procedure is to ask people what they like and dislike about the neighborhood, what are the problems. There will be much probing for details, but no mention of tradeoffs. These statements are recorded on giant post-it notes and later turned into a plan. Speak up - be sure that the tradeoffs are recorded on those post-its -- they are the only record of what was said.




If you don't speak up, your neighborhood plan

will be the city's scheme, not your Plan.


If You Really Care About Your Neighborhood


Organize a true neighborhood group to figure out what you want and what you don't want. Be sure your "don't want" list makes it to the record. For instance you might not want increased congestion, speed bumps, bike paths on the main street, loss of parking and bus stops in the middle of traffic.


Some Facts





More Planner Deceptions:







More on planners tricking us:


Portland builds projects with backroom deals


How Planners pretend to get public input (from CRC)

One Favorite Planner Techneque


In group settings, the Delphi Technique is an unethical method of achieving consensus on controversial topics. It requires well-trained professionals, known as "facilitators" or "change agents," who deliberately escalate tension among group members, pitting one faction against another to make a preordained viewpoint appear "sensible," while making opposing views appear ridiculous.


First, a facilitator is hired. While his job is supposedly neutral and non-judgmental, the opposite is actually true. The facilitator is there to direct the meeting to a preset conclusion.


The facilitator begins by working the crowd to establish a good-guy-bad-guy scenario. Anyone disagreeing with the facilitator must be made to appear as the bad guy, with the facilitator appearing as the good guy. To accomplish this, the facilitator seeks out those who disagree and makes them look foolish, inept, or aggressive, which sends a clear message to the rest of the audience that, if they don't want the same treatment, they must keep quiet. When the opposition has been identified and alienated, the facilitator becomes the good guy - a friend - and the agenda and direction of the meeting are established without the audience ever realizing what has happened.


Next, the attendees are broken up into smaller groups of seven or eight people. Each group has its own facilitator. The group facilitators steer participants to discuss preset issues, employing the same tactics as the lead facilitator.


Much more here   (local)

Planner's Tricks