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The Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge Opens

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A large crowd of excited Portlanders attended Mayor Adams' grand opening celebration of the 700-foot long "Hooley" bridge. The pedestrian and bike bridge reconnects the historic Lair Hill neighborhood to the Willamette River and South Waterfront District, OHSU, and the aerial tram. Officially, the US Congresswoman Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs St is named for the US Congresswoman whose work was pivotal in completing the project.

Speakers at the event included Jim Gardner (SW Neighborhood Association), Don Baack (SW Trails), Earl Blumenhauer (US Congress), Mark Williams (OHSU), Darlene Hooley (former US Congresswoman), and Mayor Sam Adams.

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Barbara Dickie

December 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Whereas the bridge and its subsequent access to the waterfront for the Lair Hill neighborhood is an improvement of increased inclusivity, the sad reality is that the city's ever-expanding search for revenue via parking fees, has resulted in the further erosion of residential livability. Commuters, who clearly include in their numbers students and well compensated employees of OHSU, now occupy nearly every available street parking spot in this neighborhood where many of the city's most charming older homes lack off street parking. When they were built, the automobile was at least a generation away from common ownership. Given that the tram cost taxpayers many millions of dollars, not recoverable either from OHSU or the Waterfront residents with such generous tax abatement packages, it does not seem unreasonable for boththe city and OHSU to provide free parking for these commuters who are clearly not using greater mass transit. This newest situation seems to hail back to the cliche about adding insult to injury. Moreover, (speaking of cliches), we who reside in this established and long supportive area, could be best compared to a first wife who has largely been spurned in favor of a younger, sleeker mistress.

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