I Can’t See the Vision

Today in my feed aggregator I saw that the city has posted a visionPDX Update and I got all optimistic there might be something interesting to report. Hell, I would’ve been happy if there was something at all to report. Alas, there isn’t. Here’s the update, paraphrased and editorialized:

  • They’re still trying to extrapolate 13,000 responses to represent the city
  • This data is so important, we’re letting it be analyzed by volunteers. There’s no need for any real professional accountability
  • As of last October, they’d burnt up 19 million dollars; there’s no cost update in today’s publication
  • They’re still working. They don’t have any results yet, but trust them, they’re working
  • They’re going to release a report later this Spring. But don’t mistake that as being the vision. The report is to get more community feedback. About what? I guess this is where the community can argue with the results of the surveys. Wouldn’t you think if the surveys were representative that you wouldn’t have to try to reach a consensus about what they say?

Cue “Shiny Happy People” and let’s all dance around in a meadow holding hands. Just be sure not to actually do anything… that wouldn’t be the Tom Potter way…

4 Comments so far

  1. Murray (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 8:46 pm


    I usually don’t agree with the majority of your posts, however, you hit the nail on the head with this one. Complete waste of money.

    How about, uh I don’t know, do something tangible that taxpayers can see and care about. The city could start by paving the giant pothole this SE Holgate from SE 39th to SE 52. How about keep police precints open 24/7. Take an agressive stance on graffiti and quality of life issues in Portland.

  2. Morgan (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 9:01 pm

    Potter was elected in November 2004. The next mayoral primary is 13 months away. His first term is nearly effectively over. And what does he have to show for it?

    Charter reform – surely about to go down to flaming defeat.

    Vision – At least $25 million down the crapper, probably more by the time this thing is done, no tangible results but a booklet/report that will immediately go on the shelf. It’s not binding, it’s not policy. What the hell is it for?

    Sure, the continual trends of “gentrification” and condos continue, but those were happening long before Potter and will continue long after. If you like them, you’re happy, but if you hate them you have to be steaming.

    Everyone who supported Potter has a big steaming pile of feces on their face right now. He is beyond worthless, he is a cruel joke.

  3. b!X (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

    visionPDX was also supposed to be before Council this month, originally. It’s off until November, I think. I didn’t even know this until I heard two people on the bus last week talking about it.

  4. b!X (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:13 pm

    Oh, that says September. The woman on the bus said November.

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