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Friday, July 10, 2009

Bridge Construction up until New Year's 2010

I think there's plenty of options to 'go around' Cornelius-Schefflin Road...the same way we had to withstand the SusBauer closure for so long and those of us that drive up through 19th/20th to head to 26. Now 10th Ave is Cornelius are going to see plenty of attention, woohoo! It needs it. 10th between Adair/Baseline is gross!

Rail Corridor to Forest Grove on the BackBurner
Hillsboro Argus article - Kidd upset with Forest Grove rail ranking

The article goes into Mayor Kidd's (Forest Grove) frustration on the ranking of the Forest Grove corridor - on level with a rail to Troutdale. Metro is favoring a corridor between to 2 shopping centers of Washington Square and Clackamas Town Center. The presumption is that building rail in a high density area makes it easier for Federal backing.

Cornelius and Forest Grove can't compete on that basis. Kidd's quick to mention that the Blue Line extension to Forest Grove would be the cheapest of all the corridors to create as the space where the tracks would be are already public (owned by the State of Oregon).

I agree with Mayor Kidd on all counts. However, my thought is Forest Grove is seen as a 'squeaky wheel' is the eyes of the State and Metro. Let's wait and see what happens to traffic once the WalMart is completed and other business attract visitors to the Cornelius's 'bottleneck'. I see a possible worst case scenario: there will be increased automobile traffic...#57 bus route delays...and Emergency Vehicle among other safety concerns...for instance Speeding down country roads with Bicyclists around. 2 lanes westbound and 2 lanes eastbound can only push so many vehicles through. Anyhow...I hope it doesnt come to this before the State thinks its a good idea to invest in its future, and not leave it to the cities burden alone.

More News about Cornelius - Not good though

Another home burglary within a mile or each other, presumably done at daylight again. Thieves broke in through a screen window opening left open in the back of the house for fresh air. $2,000 worth of jewlery, cash, and credit cards were stolen among other things.

This pair of sour news comes at a time just before Cornelius hosts its own 'National Night Out Against Crime' to take place Tuesday, August 4 at Harleman Park.{E7EE025B-0D0B-42F5-A031-40FE82BB2449}&DE={61D148DA-B4C1-4450-97F3-837B19D811E2}

Thursday, July 9, 2009

News about Vandalism

I came across this video today about a family's home that was Vandalized. Paintballs on the gentleman's car. Graffiti "X2" markings on the property. They'd actually broken in...stole an X-box, and disturbed all sorts of things included opening the fridge and breaking open the guy's eggs. This all occured during broad daylight. I can't believe it. These gangs are getting out of control. These young guys need better things to do!

My neighborhood too has been affected by Vandalism and Graffiti...mailboxes, fences, the side of mail boxes, and houses even. Nothing is off-limits for these guys. Are they marking their territory, or just showing off amongst friends and are proud of their work? Who knows?