First, he asks “Why rebuild Lincoln High School?” He writes (here):
Sure, Lincoln is crowded. It is one of the most crowded schools in district’s portfolio. But, the condition of the Lincoln building is one of the best in the district’s portfolio.
Crowding is not a building problem, it’s a school assignment problem. Many Lincoln students actually live closer to Roosevelt High School. A simple transfer will relieve the crowding and save about $100 million.
Second, he further writes (here):
Notice that the Portland Development Commission skims a whopping 15 percent off the top of all the money raised. That’s quite a commission for the Commission.
And third, he notes (here):
But, what is really curious is that, as shown in the map above, more than half of the proposed new urban renewal area overlaps an existing urban renewal area. The South Park Block urban renewal area was formed in 1985. While its bonding authority expired in 2008, the Portland Development Commission points out, “South Park Blocks URA won’t officially close until all bonds have been paid off,” or sometime in the 2020s.
It seems odd that an urban renewal can spend so much money on so many things over 20 years, but remained blighted enough to justify another 20 plus years.
I've hit the street with my placard to "Stop the 'Education Urban Renewal Plan.'"