maybe now portland will get a mayor who cares more about people and social services than bikes and bike paths. and who will maybe spend some money on improving portland’s abysmal public schools and the horrific drop out rate, instead of spending money on trying to make portland the amsterdam of the united states.
and maybe we’ll get a mayor who will spend some money to actually pave roads and put in side walks (my mom lives on one of those roads in east portland - it’s paved but there are no sidewalks and it is surrounded by dirt and gravel streets), rather than rip up perfectly good roads (that actually are paved!) to make them better for bikers.
i understand that no one is perfect and we’ll never get everything we want. but practically everything sam adams has done while mayor has been a complete joke. i understand that people who visit portland and who just moved there think it’s fantastic and love the “bikes! bikes! bikes! foodcarts!” attitude - but try growing up there with awful schools that don’t even have janitors or try getting around on one of the multitudes of unpaved roads (which aren’t exactly great for road bikes, either) and the city tells a very different story.