From Streetsblog, this course-changing campaign talk from Barack Obama:
If we are going to solve our energy problems we’ve got to think long term. It’s time for us to be serious about investing in alternative energy. It’s time for us to get serious about raising fuel efficiency standards on cars. It’s time that the entire country learn from what’s happening right here in Portland with mass transit and bicycle lanes and funding alternative means of transportation.
That’s the kind of solution that we need for America. That’s the kind of truth-telling that we are going to do in this campaign and when I am President of the United States of America.
Seventy-five thousand people heard those words in person, 8,000 of whom arrived by bike.
Mayor Cohen, are you listening? Want to change the agenda and the focus away from Newton North, raise-a-rama, and the defeated override? This is legacy in a bottle: enthusiastically and unequivocally encourage smart growth around our city's T and commuter rail stops and stripe the bejeesus out of our city streets.