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Street Root News: Keeping City Hall and our progress in perspective

June 5, 2014 | news.streetroots.org--The world is a complicated place. Of course, you don’t need me to tell you that.

On my way home from work this week I stopped and talked to an elderly woman sleeping on the streets in Old Town. “Besides my aching back all I really need is a long, hot bath and a nice quiet place to read,” the woman told me. “I really don’t need a lot.”

Her attitude, all things considered, was still optimistic. Nothing about her life was simple. “Nothing ever is,” she told me. “This storm will pass.”

There’s been a storm brewing in Portland over the recent proposed transportation street fee. The fee, proposed by transportation commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales, has been met with some fierce resistance among both the business community and poverty advocates, including Street Roots. There’s been a great deal of civic debate. There’s also been a lot of mudslinging.

It’s a complicated debate and easy to get caught up in the rhetoric. Saying that, it’s also important to put things into perspective. READ FULL ARTICLE