No Vote, No RIP! Portlanders Deserve a Vote.

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Portland voters should decide the fate of their own city! 

If City leaders are confident that the sweeping changes represented by the Residential Infill Project (RIP) are in the best interest of our city, they should also be confident that the final proposal can withstand a popular vote.

To Mayor Wheeler and Members of the Portland City Council,

We the undersigned believe the current RIP recommendations are so incredibly far-reaching – affecting every person living and/or doing business in Portland – that they should be placed on the ballot for a final-decision by the voters. 

We believe that the people of Portland have lost confidence in the City Council’s ability to fairly enact such sweeping changes unilaterally. Ordinary residents – homeowners and renters alike – have gone largely unheard in our planning decisions and when such input is actually sought, it is routinely ignored. Furthermore, we believe that RIP has specifically ignored the concerns and needs of our most vulnerable citizens -- disability rights activists have been denied access, public meetings have been held in inaccessible venues, and poor and minority voices are scarcely represented even as such voices are increasingly priced out of Portland.

We believe the committees and advisory panels like RIPSAC are unethically dominated by developers and urban planning consultants, rather than by the ordinary citizens whose lives will be forever changed by the enactment of these proposals. We continue to believe that it is unethical to personally profit from one’s own ‘official’ recommendations.

We believe that RIP will incentivize more demolition of our city's remaining affordable housing stock in favor of new, luxuriously unaffordable market-rate apartments, mcmansions, & commercial spaces. Spaces that ultimately sit empty and held as investments. We believe RIP will exacerbate the affordable housing crisis by replacing affordable homes with unaffordable ones. We believe that the up-zoning outlined in RIP will make lots with existing homes more valuable as teardowns than they are as affordable homes.

We believe RIP does nothing to address our near complete lack affordable-housing  which has risen to the level of humanitarian crisis. We are seeing disturbing-numbers of Seniors, disabled folks, and children among Portland's homeless population. We believe that RIP does nothing to bring to these Portlanders back into the stable housing that they need. We believe that it is inhumane to build more luxury housing while thousands of people sleep on the street.

We believe that RIP encourages environmental degradation via toxic, un-contained and poorly overseen demolitions and threatens our established urban canopy through rampant tree loss. Attritions that create an unhealthy living and working environment for all our citizens.

We believe that our neglected infrastructure can’t handle overwhelming developer-driven, market rate growth. Our combined-sewage system, our water problems, our schools, roads, and public-services aren’t being improved in ways that match either current or future growth.

We believe that a public vote on such sweeping changes is appropriate – whether one strongly backs the RIP proposals, has concerns and hesitations, or is outright opposed.

By signing this petition, we demand that we be provided an opportunity for every Portlander to have their say, yea-or-nay, on the final Residential Infill Project proposal.

Sincerely, 

#RipCityRIPvote

For More Information on the Residential Infill Project:
http://unitedneighborhoodsforreform.blogspot.com/



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