No Light Rail in Vancouver!
Light rail costs too much, does too little
Neil Goldschmidt’s Legacy Lives On
Chalk up another subsidy to Portland transit-oriented development. TriMet, Portland’s
transit agency, bought a piece of land next to a light-rail station for $907,000.
It is selling it to a non-profit group for $300,000 on the condition that the group
builds a high-density project.
The project will actually be built by Walsh Construction, a company owned by Tom
Walsh and his family. Tom is a member of Neil Goldschmidt’s light-rail mafia. They
campaigned together for city council when Neil first ran for that office (Neil won,
Tom lost), and years later Neil scored Tom the job of general manager for TriMet.
From that position, he handed out all sorts of subsidies for transit-oriented developments,
many of which were built by his family’s company.
Neil Goldschmidt is disgraced and out of power, but his legacy of subsidies and favored
contractors lives on.
Reprinted from The Antiplanner