Category: Re-post

Can Portland Be a Climate Leader Without Reducing Driving?

By Nadja Popovich & Brad Plumer

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

Over the past few decades, Oregon’s largest city has built an extensive light rail system, added hundreds of miles of bike lanes and adopted far-reaching zoning rules to encourage compact, walkable neighborhoods. Of the 40 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, Portland saw its residents drive the third-fewest miles per day in 2019, on average, behind only New York and Philadelphia.

But despite Portland’s efforts, the number of cars and trucks on its roads has kept rising as the city and its suburbs have grown — along with tailpipe pollution that is warming the planet. While Portland has set ambitious climate goals, the city is not on track to meet its targets, largely because emissions from transportation remain stubbornly high.

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Preservation Board votes could threaten two city reuse projects

By Jonathan D. Epstein

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Plans by two developers to tear down and reuse properties in downtown Buffalo for larger projects suffered minor setbacks last week, after the city Preservation Board recommended that the city deny the necessary permits for Ellicott Development Co. and Iskalo Development Corp.

The votes do not automatically kill the developers’ requests or plans, since the board’s actions are not binding on properties that are not local landmarks or part of historic districts. But they could influence the final decisions by city officials, potentially delaying or derailing any projects.

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As case proceeded without him, landlord sold houses where 29 children suffered lead poisoning

By Patrick Lakamp*

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

This rental home at 952 Northampton St. in Buffalo is one of three that will be put into a receivership after its owner abandoned the properties over a year ago. This house and the other houses at 78 Deshler St. and 610 Adams St. are part of a court case in which the property owner was sued by the state Attorney General’s Office for lead paint violations at over 60 homes.