The League of Women Voters of Portland writes in conclusion (here):
Much of the civic debate from the Occupy Wall Street Movement to the urban renewal arena is about how resources should be allocated among us and who should be making those decisions. The League understands the benefits of a successful public university in Downtown Portland, but thinks urban renewal is the wrong financing tool and that the proposal does not meet the prerequisites or plan requirements of ORS 457. Even if the plan met the requirements of ORS 457, he proposed projects, while laudable, do not warrant diverting money in this economy from city, county and school services. In light of growing public concern, it is imperative that Council use urban renewal appropriately. To do otherwise will place at risk this powerful financing tool.
Onward Oregon writes that “PSU Urban Renewal District is not right for Portlanders” and lists as “Talking Points” (here):
With Portland schools, parks, and vital services facing drastic cuts we agree with the League of Women Voters that using tax dollars to create an urban renewal district around PSU and the Park Blocks is not the best way of using precious resources.
Urban renewal is not intended to be used to improve areas that are attracting substantial private investment.