November 15, 2013 | Oregonian.com-- A few months ago, in the hot blur of August, I confessed to being cursed with a Sixth Sense while walking past parked cars in downtown Portland.
It hasn’t faded. Everywhere I look, I still see blue disabled placards hanging from rearview mirrors.
On Thursday, I once again faced block after block after block lined with vehicles – hundreds of them, from beaters to BMWs – whose owners still get unlimited free parking in the city’s most desirable metered spaces.
But it appears that my disorder, along with the unshakeable feeling that able-bodied commuters are scamming the city out of millions of dollars in parking revenue each year, is about to be rectified.
This week, Portland Commissioner Steve Novick gave the city’s Disabled Parking Task Force a proposal that it doesn’t feel it can refuse.
The task force really isn’t in a position to test City Hall’s patience any longer. This issue has been festering in the laboratory of political correctness for too long.
For four years, the task force has stalled in its efforts to fix Portland’s placard problem. Some members say they were given the impossible task of coming up with a remedy that nobody could object to. So, basically, from the very beginning, they were paralyzed by the fear of offending the city’s disabled community.
“I came to them and said, ‘This is going to change, so let’s talk READ FULL ARTICLE