"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." ~George Bernard Shaw
"Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first or last time." ~Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Last night's meeting in Council Chambers gave Lake Oswego
residents another opportunity to voice their opinion.
There were well over 100 in attendance and 28 were pro-streetcar
and 65 were against the streetcar. Below is what I said:
"I am opposed to the LO-Portland Streetcar. My husband and I have a life philosophy of leaving as little a trace on our much used planet. We recycle, re-use and re-purpose wherever and whenever possible. This means we have used mass transit, walking, bicycling for decades as a way to commute and run errands. We only have one car. We use water wisely with the use of drip irrigation, native and drought resistant landscaping and have no lawn. We have grown our own vegetables for over 20 years at Luscher Farm-long before the community gardens existed. We have had backyard chickens for over 10 years. We walk the sustainable walk as opposed to the city and what the streetcar represents.
The streetcar will be environmentally damaging to wildlife, their habitat and waterways. The streetcar will use unimaginably enormous amounts of resources to only get 100 cars off the road by 2035. It will take 170 years to re-coup what is used just to construct the streetcar. The streetcar is an obscene example of an overgrown ego demanding a legacy with conflicting interest developers who have their hands in our wallets. Just say NO! to this outrageous project. "