Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Who Wants to Visit a Sprawl Guru Tonight?

RECAP:I had an facinating time at the executive club meeting tonight. I rode out with Reverend Phil and met up with fellow cyclist, Toby. We shot some video, saw Mr. Cox's slide show presentation (we may digest that later). For now let's just say he made some points that are worth looking into. We also had some interesting and sometimes lively converstaion with the executive club folks.
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Anyone wish to accompany me to the lion's den tonight (see below)? I'll probably ride out along the I-205 path or I could meet folks a Lloyd center for a max ride.

Shoot me an email or call me if you wanna come along.

Dan Kaufman
dan (at) pdxk (dot) com
503 267 2862 mobile

From Portland Tribune Story by Jim Redden.

...the Executive Club, a social organization founded by conservative tax-limitation advocate Don McIntire, is bringing a nationally known [public transit and urban planning] skeptic to town.

Wendell Cox will speak to the group at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, 11707 N.E. Airport Way. It is free and open to the public, although there is a charge for those who order dinner.

Cox is the principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy, an international public policy firm based in St. Louis and the editor of three Web sites, Demographia, The Public Purpose and Rental Car Tours, which urges travelers to rent cars and avoid traditional tourist tours.

He also serves as a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank that describes itself as a free-market advocate.

“Planning is a religion in Portland. Metro sends missionaries around the world spreading the message, which is false,” Cox told the Portland Tribune.

Cox grew up in Hillsboro before moving to Los Angeles, where he originally championed light rail as a member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. Cox said he changed his mind after realizing that light rail in Portland and other cities does not carry enough people to make a difference.

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